Tragedy and Irish Literature: Synge, O'Casey, Beckett

Tragedy and Irish Literature: Synge, O'Casey, Beckett

by Ronan McDonald
     
 

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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.

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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 Irish tragedy.

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

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'Although [McDonald's] choice of Synge, O'Casey, and Beckett is made for reasons of contrast as well as comparison, all three...just as they react against the mythic values of the Celtic Revival, react against the sort of ritualistic mythology that transforms failure into success...McDonald's study both yields insights into what definitions of tragedy say about the society that makes them, and...uses the exigencies and nuances of tragic theory as a way of casting new light on three distinct oeuvres'. - Sinead Mooney, Modern Language Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230566835
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/17/2001
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
369 KB

Meet the Author

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

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