Tragedy and Irish Literature: Synge, O'Casey, Beckett [NOOK Book]

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In Tragedy and Irish Writing, McDonald considers the culture of suffering, loss, and guilt in the work of Synge, O'Casey, and Beckett. He applies ideas of tragedy to the three dramatists and also discerns particular sorts of tragedy within their own work. While alert to the real differences among the three, the book also traces common themes and preoccupations. It identifies a conflict between form and content, between heightened language and debased reality, as the hallmark of ...
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Tragedy and Irish Literature: Synge, O'Casey, Beckett

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Overview

In Tragedy and Irish Writing, McDonald considers the culture of suffering, loss, and guilt in the work of Synge, O'Casey, and Beckett. He applies ideas of tragedy to the three dramatists and also discerns particular sorts of tragedy within their own work. While alert to the real differences among the three, the book also traces common themes and preoccupations. It identifies a conflict between form and content, between heightened language and debased reality, as the hallmark of Irish tragedy.

Author Biography: Ronan McDonald is a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230566835
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/17/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • File size: 361 KB

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Ronan McDonald is a Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Reading.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1 Introduction: The Loss of Tragic Value and the Value of Tragic Loss
Introduction 1
Undefined tragedy: varieties of value 9
Irish tragedians? Synge, O'Casey and Beckett 27
2 A Gallous Story or a Dirty Deed? J. M. Synge and the Tragedy of Evasion
Introduction: The evasion of confrontation and the confrontation of evasion 42
Reality or Romance? 49
The art of guilt 67
Identity and economics 76
3 Delusion and Disillusionment: The Tragedy of Meliorism in Sean O'Casey's Early Drama
Introduction: O'Casey and meliorism 85
O'Casey and politics 90
The Dublin trilogy: disillusionment to delusion 97
The Silver Tassie: holy war? 116
4 Beyond Tragedy: Samuel Beckett and the Art of Confusion
Introduction: Beckett and tragedy 127
The anti-philosophical turn 132
The Irish geography of Beckett's memory: the politics of form 140
After Eden: loss, guilt and the 'Law' 153
Afterword 172
Notes 175
Index 197
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