Saint Oscar and Other Plays

Saint Oscar and Other Plays

by Terry Eagleton
     
 

Terry Eagleton's plays in this first collection of his work for the theatre - St Oscar, The White, the Gold and the Gangrene, Disappearances, and God's Locusts - transgress what he terms 'the jealously patrolled frontiers between 'art and 'ideà'. In spirit they owe at least as much to Oscar Wilde, the Irish Oxfordian socialist and

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Terry Eagleton's plays in this first collection of his work for the theatre - St Oscar, The White, the Gold and the Gangrene, Disappearances, and God's Locusts - transgress what he terms 'the jealously patrolled frontiers between 'art and 'ideà'. In spirit they owe at least as much to Oscar Wilde, the Irish Oxfordian socialist and proto-deconstructionist, as, for example in their use of prose and ballad forms, they do to Bertolt Brecht.

Eagleton sees in Wilde's work 'a kind of secret compact' between artistic and theoretical experiment. A similar compact emerges in these startling dramas of (post)colonial Ireland and, in Disappearances, the neo-colonial 'third' world, mixing commitment, passion and satirical wit, savage and playful, in a manner characteristic of Eagleton's later critical writing.

Saint Oscar, about Oscar Wilde, and The White, the Gold and the Gangrene, based on the life and tragic death of James Connolly, originally toured Ireland respectively in productions by Field Day of Derry and Dubbeljoint of Belfast. God's Locusts, written to commemorate the Great Famine and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, castigates British officialdom for its callous inhumanity in mismanaging the relief operation.

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ISBN-13:
9780631204534
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/29/1997
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.76(d)

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