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Marina Carr: Pastures of the Unknown

Marina Carr: Pastures of the Unknown

by Melissa Sihra

Hardcover(1st ed. 2018)

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This book locates the theatre of Marina Carr within a female genealogy that revises the patriarchal origins of modern Irish drama. The creative vision of Lady Augusta Gregory underpins the analysis of Carr’s dramatic vision throughout the volume in order to re-situate the woman artist as central to Irish theatre. For Carr, ‘writing is more about the things you cannot understand than the things you can’, and her evocation of ‘pastures of the unknown’ forms the thematic through-line of this work. Lady Gregory’s plays offer an intuitive lineage with Carr which can be identified in their use of language, myth, landscape, women, the transformative power of storytelling and infinite energies of nature and the Otherworld. This book reconnects the severed bridge between Carr and Gregory in order to acknowledge a foundational status for all women in Irish theatre.

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ISBN-13: 9783319983301
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 303
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Melissa Sihra is Head of Drama at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and Assistant Professor of Drama. She is editor of Women in Irish Drama: A Century of Authorship and Representation and was President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research from 2011-15. She is a Dramaturg and regular speaker at the Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering at Coole Park.

Table of Contents

1. Towards a Matriarchal Lineage.- 2. Seeking a Landscape: Early Pastures.- 3. Lakes of the Night: The Mai.- 4. Topographies of the Mind: Portia Coughlan.- 5. Writ in the Sky: By the Bog of Cats….- 6. The Haunted Kitchen: On Raftery’s Hill.- 7. Psychic Terrains: Ariel and Woman and Scarecrow.- 8. Playing the Field: The Cordelia Dream and Meat and Salt.- 9. Landscapes of the Mind’s Eye: The Giant Blue Hand and Marble.- 10. The Nature of Playwriting: Sixteen Possible Glimpses, Phaedra Backwards and Hecuba.- 11.Beyond the Gauze.

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