A Century of Irish Drama: Widening the Stage Stephen Watt

ISBN: 9780253338129

Published: January 1st 2001


360 pages


A Century of Irish Drama: Widening the Stage  by  Stephen Watt

A Century of Irish Drama: Widening the Stage by Stephen Watt
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A Century of Irish DramaWidening the StageEdited by Stephen Watt, Eileen Morgan, and Shakir MustafaForeword by Sivaun OCaseyThe history of the Irish theatre from the founding of the Abbey to todays vibrant scene.This book traces a significant shift in 20th century Irish theatre from the largely national plays produced in Dublin to a more expansive international art form.

Confirmed by the recent success outside of Ireland of the third wave of Irish playwrights writing in the 1990s, the new Irish drama has encouraged critics to reconsider both the early national theatre and the dramatic tradition it fostered.On the occasion of the centenary of the first professional production of the Irish Literary Theatre, the contributors to this volume investigate contemporary Irish dramas aesthetic features and socio-political commitments and re-read the plays produced earlier in the century.

Although these essayists cover a wide range of topics, from the productions and objectives of the Abbey Theatresfirst rivals to mid-century theatre festivals, to plays about the Troubles in the North, they all reassess the oppositions so commonplace in critical discussions of Irish drama: nationalism vs.

internationalism, high vs. low culture, urban experience vs. rural or peasant life.A Century of Irish Drama includes essays on such figures as W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge, Sean OCasey, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett, Marina Carr, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, Christina Read, Martin McDonagh, and many more.Stephen Watt is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington, and author of Postmodern/Drama: Reading the Contemporary Stage (1998), Joyce, OCasey, and the Irish Popular Theatre (1991), and essays on Irish and Irish-American culture.

He has also written extensively on higher education, most recently Academic Keywords: A Devils Dictionary for Higher Education (1999) (with Cary Nelson).Eileen M. Morgan is a lecturer in English and Irish Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently working on Sean OFaolains biographies of De Valera and on Edna OBriens 1990s trilogy, and is preparing a book-length study on the influence of radio in Ireland.Shakir Mustafa is a Visiting Instructor in the English department at Indiana University.

His work has appeared in such journals as New Hibernia Review and The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, and he is now translating Arabic short stories into English.Drama and Performance Studies--Timothy Wiles, general editorContentsIntroduction: Re-thinking the Abbey and the Concept of a National Theatre, Eileen MorganPart One: Challenging the Received View of Early Twentieth-Century Irish TheatreThe Founding Years and the Irish National Theatre That Was Not, John P.

HarringtonThe Alternative Aesthetic: The Theatre of Irelands Urban Plays, Nelson S. Ceallaigh RitschelOf Orangemen and Green Theatres: The Ulster Literary Theatres Regional Nationalism, LauraE. LyonsPart Two: Theorizing and Historicizing Theatre ControversiesThe Abbey and the Theatrics of Controversy, 1909-1915, Lucy McDiarmidMore Than a Morbid, Unhealthy Mind: Public Health and the Playboy Riots, Susan CannonHarrisSaying No to Politics: Sean OCaseys Dublin Trilogy, Shakir MustafaPart Three: Reconstructing Drama during the Fatal FiftiesOCaseys The Drums of Father Ned in Context, Christopher MurrayLove and Death: A Reconsideration of Behan and Genet, Stephen WattPlaying Outside with Samuel Beckett, Judith RoofPart Four: Contemporary Theatre Projects and RevivalsTranslating Women into Irish Theatre History, Mary TrotterIve Never Been Just Me: Re-thinking Womens Positions in Christina Reids Plays, CarlaJ.

McDonoughNeither Here nor There: The Liminal Position of Teresa Deevy and Her Female Characters, Christie FoxPlaywrights of the Western World: Synge, Murphy, McDonagh, Josi LantersThe Passion Theatre Companys Everyday Life, Lauren OnkeyPart Five: Irish History on the Contemporary StageThe Book at the Center of the Stage: Friels Making History and The Field Day Anthology ofIrish Writing, Kathleen HohenleitnerIreland, the Continuous Past: Stewart Parkers Belfast History Plays, Marilynn RichtarikFrank McGuinness and the Ruins of History, James HurtThe End of History: The Millennial Urge in the Plays of Sebastian Barry, Scott T.


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