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Women in Irish Drama: A Century of Authorship and Representation [NOOK Book]

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This volume of essays, now available in paperback, explores the fascinating and immensely rich legacy of Irish women playwrights throughout the twentieth century and opens up essential dialogue on the politics of authorship, representation and the 'canon' of Irish theatre. Ideological, historical and cultural issues are discussed in relation to the performance of woman, gender, sexuality and the body on the Irish stage in plays by women and, to a lesser extent, by men. An appendix lists over two hundred Irish ...

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Overview

This volume of essays, now available in paperback, explores the fascinating and immensely rich legacy of Irish women playwrights throughout the twentieth century and opens up essential dialogue on the politics of authorship, representation and the 'canon' of Irish theatre. Ideological, historical and cultural issues are discussed in relation to the performance of woman, gender, sexuality and the body on the Irish stage in plays by women and, to a lesser extent, by men. An appendix lists over two hundred Irish women playwrights and their works, contesting the traditional concept of Irish theatre as primarily a site of male authorship and authority. In this book unknown territories are discovered and familiar ones are renegotiated, as the histories of Irish theatre are expanded, challenged and critiqued. Women in Irish Drama opens a space for previously forgotten or silenced voices and marks an exciting new beginning for the way in which Irish theatre is considered in the twenty-first century.

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"What makes this book a stimulating and enlightening read is how thoroughly many of the individual authors combine the goals of both uncovering and interrogating plays by and images of women, and placing these in their cultural contexts for the purposes of the book's sustained critique of patriarchal structures... [an] important volume." — Karen Fricker, Contemporary Theatre Review

"... the book addresses a longstanding critical blind spot, includes a helpful appendix of Irish women playwrights dating from 1663, and points the way forward to a number of fruitful areas for future research." — Theatre Research International

"This volume undoubtedly fulfils its declared intent of widening the debate concerning the representation of women on the Irish stage... Its most striking achievement is the exposure of little-known work by female playwrights and the appended directory is an inspired move which provides an invaluable resource." — Margaret Maxwell, Jourbanal of Irish and Scottish Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230801691
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/14/2007
  • Series: Performance Interventions Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 945 KB

Meet the Author

MELISSA SIHRA is a Lecturer in Drama Studies at Queen's University Belfast, UK. She is a dramaturg and has worked at the Abbey Theatre and on productions of Irish plays in the USA.

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Table of Contents

Foreword—M.Carr
Preface—J.Reinelt
Introduction: Figures at the Window—M.Sihra
Interchapter I: 1900-1939—C.Leeney
Woman as Fantasy Object in Lady Gregory's Historical Tragedies—P.Murphy
Writing Women for a Modern Ireland: Geraldine Cummins and Susanne Day—V.O'Donoghue Greene
The Spaces Outside: Images of Women in Plays by Eva Gore-Booth and Dorothy Macardle—C.Leeney
Taking Their Own Road: The Female Protagonist in Three Irish Plays by Women': L.Fitzpatrick
Interchapter II: 1940-1969—M.Sihra
From Matron to Matrix: Gender and (Dis)embodiment in Beckett's Theatre—A.McMullan
Beyond the Pale: Neglected Northern Irish Women Playwrights, Alice Milligan, Helen Wadell and Patricia O'Connor—M.Phelan
Meta-physicality: Women Characters in the Plays of Frank McGuinness—E.Jordan
Dead Women Walking: The Female Body as a Site for War in Stewart Parker's Northern StarR.O'Riordan
Interchapter III: 1970-2005—M.Sihra
Women in Rooms: Landscapes of the Missing in Anne Devlin's Ourselves AloneE.Cerquoni
Liminal Spaces in ils N Dhuibhne's Dn na mBan Tr Thine (The Fort of the Fairy Women is on Fire)—A.Roche
Sick, Dying, Dead, Dispersed: The Evanescence of Patriarchy in Contemporary Irish Women's Theatre—B.Singleton
Marina Carr's Landscapes of Play and Possibility—M.Sihra
Afterword: The Act and the WordO.Four
Appendix: List of Irish Women Playwrights and their Key Works
Index

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