Twentieth-Century Irish Drama: Mirror up to Nation

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The Irish Dramatic Movement gave to the world major playwrights such as Yeats, Synge, Lady Gregory, O'Casey and Beckett, while in more recent times the international stage has come to appreciate the talents of a new generation of Irish playwrights, including Brian Friel, Sebastian Barry, and Marina Cart. Preoccupied with questions of identity and national self-realization, it was only after the achievement of independence in 1922 that the theater assumed a more critical, analytic, and demythologizing role in ...
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Overview

The Irish Dramatic Movement gave to the world major playwrights such as Yeats, Synge, Lady Gregory, O'Casey and Beckett, while in more recent times the international stage has come to appreciate the talents of a new generation of Irish playwrights, including Brian Friel, Sebastian Barry, and Marina Cart. Preoccupied with questions of identity and national self-realization, it was only after the achievement of independence in 1922 that the theater assumed a more critical, analytic, and demythologizing role in society. It retained, however, the notion of a dynamic, of a system of beliefs open to wider possibilities than the established ideology fostered and controlled, keeping alive the idea of cultural revolt and renewal. Thus Irish drama owes its imaginative power to both its energetic involvement with cultural transformations, as well as to more acceptable modes of representation and critique. Twentieth Century Irish Drama provides a perfect overview of a nation's theater read in light of a nation's struggle toward self-definition. Mediating between history and the troubled relationship between politics and art, the book attempts to do justice to the enabling and mirroring preoccupations of Irish drama.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815606437
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Series: Irish Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Yeats's theatre of the heart 13
2 Lady Gregory: coming to terms 37
3 Synge: ironic revolutionary 64
4 O'Casey: in search of a hero 88
5 Into the twilight: Robinson, Johnston, Carroll 113
6 Shades of the prison-house: Shiels, D'Alton, Molloy, Behan 138
7 Revolutionary times: 'A Generation of Playwrights' 162
8 'A Modern Ecstasy': playing the North 187
9 'A National Dream-life': the contemporary drama 223
References 249
Index 269
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