Overview

Brian Friel is Ireland's foremost living playwright, whose work spans fifty years and has won numerous awards, including three Tonys and a Lifetime Achievement Arts Award. Author of twenty-five plays, and whose work is studied at GCSE and A level (UK), and the Leaving Certificate (Ire), besides at undergraduate level, he is regarded as a classic in contemporary drama studies. Christopher Murray offers the definitive guide to Friel's work; both a detailed study of individual plays and an exploration of Friel's ...
See more details below
The Theatre of Brian Friel: Tradition and Modernity

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.49
BN.com price
(Save 41%)$19.49 List Price

Overview

Brian Friel is Ireland's foremost living playwright, whose work spans fifty years and has won numerous awards, including three Tonys and a Lifetime Achievement Arts Award. Author of twenty-five plays, and whose work is studied at GCSE and A level (UK), and the Leaving Certificate (Ire), besides at undergraduate level, he is regarded as a classic in contemporary drama studies. Christopher Murray offers the definitive guide to Friel's work; both a detailed study of individual plays and an exploration of Friel's dual commitment to tradition and modernity across his oeuvre.

Beginning with Friel's 1964 work Philadelphia, Here I Come! it follows a broadly chronological route through the principle plays, including Aristocrats, Faith Healer, Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa, Molly Sweeney and The Home Place. Along the way it considers themes of exile, politics, fathers and sons, belief and ritual, history, memory, gender inequality, and loss, all set against the dialectic of tradition and modernity.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408154502
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/10/2014
  • Series: Critical Companions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 543 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher Murray is Emeritus Professor of English and Drama at University College, Dublin, where he was the founder member and first director of the UCD Drama Centre offering MA and PhD in Modern Drama Studies. His many publications include Twentieth-Century Irish Drama: Mirror up to Nation (2000). He is chair of the board of directors of the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin.

Csilla Bertha teaches at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. She is a member of the advisory board of Irish University Review, the editorial board of the Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, and a founding member of CISLE.

David Krause was Professor of English at Brown University, USA, until his death in 2011. He was the author of the critical biography Sean O'Casey: The Man and His Work (New York: Macmillan), and a four-volume edition of the Letters of Sean O'Casey (1975-1992). He was also author of the critical study The Profane Book of Irish Comedy (1982).

Shaun Richards is Professional Research Fellow at St Mary's University College, London, UK. He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama and co-author with Chris Morash of Mapping Ireland: Theories of Space and Place (CUP, 2013).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1. Situating Friel
2. Coming of Age: Philadelphia, Here I Come!
3. Formation of an Aesthetic: The Loves of Cass McGuire and Crystal and Fox
4. Speaking Out: The Freedom of the City and Volunteers
5. Uncertainty, Memory, Tragedy: Living Quarters and Faith Healer
6. A Kind of Trilogy: Making History, Translations and The Home Place
7. The Chekhov Factor and Gender Issues: Aristocrats, Dancing at Lughnasa and Molly Sweeney
8. 'The Vodka-and-Tonic Society': Wonderful Tennessee and Give Me Your Answer, Do!
9. Critical Perspectives: Shaun Richards, 'Placed Identities for Placeless Times: Brian Friel and Post-Colonial Criticism'; David Krause, 'The Failed Words of Brian Friel'; Csilla Bertha, 'Art as a lieu de memoire in Brian Friel's The Home Place'
10. Performances
11. General Conclusion
Notes
Selected bibliography
Index
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)