Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era

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Globalization is transforming theatre everywhere. As writers seek to exploit new opportunities to produce their work internationally, audiences are seeing the world - and the stage - differently. And, as national borders became more fluid, the barriers between economics and culture are also becoming weaker. In this groundbreaking study, Patrick Lonergan explores these developments, placing them in the context of the transformation of Ireland - the 'most globalized country in the world' - since the early 1990s. ...

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Overview

Globalization is transforming theatre everywhere. As writers seek to exploit new opportunities to produce their work internationally, audiences are seeing the world - and the stage - differently. And, as national borders became more fluid, the barriers between economics and culture are also becoming weaker. In this groundbreaking study, Patrick Lonergan explores these developments, placing them in the context of the transformation of Ireland - the 'most globalized country in the world' - since the early 1990s. Drawing on archival material that has never before been published, this study sheds new light on the culture of Celtic Tiger Ireland, focusing on such writers as Brian Friel, Sean O'Casey, Marie Jones, Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr and Conor McPherson. In doing so, it shows how globalization poses difficult questions for authors and audiences - and reveals how we can begin to come to terms with these new developments.

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Editorial Reviews

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Winner of the 2008 Theatre Book Prize, awarded by the Society for Theatre Research

"Deftly adapting Walter Benjamins The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Patrick Lonergan identifies commodification and branding as the determining agents in the creation and circulation of modern theatre and, blending textual analysis with globalisation theory, provides the paradigm for a new phase of Irish theatre criticism." — Professor Shaun Richards, Staffordshire University

"Simply the best and most thought-provoking analysis weve had of a central tension in Irish theatre (and indeed in the wider Irish culture) over the last 15 years." — Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times

"This is an intelligent book and one with a mission statement its a clarion call for Irish theatre makers to resist the global homogenisation of culture." — Emilie Pine, Irish Theatre Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230241916
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICK LONERGAN teaches at the English Department, National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre in the west of Ireland for The Irish Times and regularly reviews for Irish Theatre Magazine. He has published widely on Irish literature and theatre, and is academic director of the Synge Summer School.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I Globalization and Theatre: Definitions and Contexts

1 Globalization and Irish Theatre 9

2 Globalizing Irish Theatre: Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa, 1990/1999 31

Pt. II Globalization and National Theatres

3 Globalizing National Theatre: Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars, 1926/1991/2002 59

4 Globalizing the Brand: Dion Boucicault's The Shaughraun, 1874/2004 79

Pt. III Globalization and Cultural Exchanges

5 Globalizing Authorship: Martin McDonagh, 1996/2003 101

6 Globalization and Cultural Exchange: Angels in America in Dublin 128

Pt. IV Imagining Globalization

7 Globalizing Gender and Dramatic Form 165

8 Branding Identity: Irish Theatre in 2005 188

Conclusion: Our Global Theatre 216

Notes 224

Texts Cited 231

Index 242

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