Constructing and Deconstructing National Identity: Dramatic Discourse in Tom Murphy's The Patriot Game and Felix Mitterer's In der Loewengrube

Constructing and Deconstructing National Identity: Dramatic Discourse in Tom Murphy's The Patriot Game and Felix Mitterer's In der Loewengrube

by Birgit Ryschka

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Overview

The aim of this study was to expose the constructed nature of national identity in two dramatic texts: The Patriot Game (1991) by Irish playwright Tom Murphy and In der Löwengrube (1989) by his Austrian counterpart Felix Mitterer. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach combining linguistics, literature, history and cultural studies, this thesis looked at similarities and dissimilarities in the construction and deconstruction of national identity in the two plays. Ruth Wodak et al.’s linguistic approach developed in the work on Critical Discourse Analysis describing the construction of national identity in non-literary texts provided a framework, which has been modified for the analysis of the two dramatic texts under consideration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631581117
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 09/29/2008
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Birgit Ryschka, born in Leibnitz (Austria), studied German, Philosophy, Psychology and Educational Science at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz. In 2007, she received her doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Limerick (Ireland), where she has taught German in the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies for several years.

Table of Contents

Contents: Historical Context: The Emerging of National Identity in Ireland and Austria in the Early Twentieth Century – The Role of Drama in the Construction of National Identity – Searching for the Soul: Tom Murphy and Felix Mitterer – Dramatic Discourse – Tom Murphy: The Patriot Game – Felix Mitterer: In der Löwengrube – Reconstructing National Identity in Drama: In der Löwengrube and The Patriot Game Compared.

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