Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama

  • Title: Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama
  • Author: John P. Harrington
  • ISBN: 9780393932430
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama This revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition is the ideal focal point for the study of Irish literature and culture and because of its many important twentieth century works for the study of dr
    This revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition is the ideal focal point for the study of Irish literature and culture and, because of its many important twentieth century works, for the study of drama generally This volume includes the complete texts of fourteen plays by the leading Irish playwrights W B Yeats, Lady Gregory, J M Synge, Bernard Shaw, Sean O CaThis revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition is the ideal focal point for the study of Irish literature and culture and, because of its many important twentieth century works, for the study of drama generally This volume includes the complete texts of fourteen plays by the leading Irish playwrights W B Yeats, Lady Gregory, J M Synge, Bernard Shaw, Sean O Casey, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Conor McPherson, and Marina Carr The plays are accompanied by John P Harrington s introduction and by his detailed explanatory annotations.For ease of reference, Backgrounds and Criticism is chronologically organized by playwright and includes prefaces, letters, journal entries, program notes, and interpretive essays for each play in the volume In addition, essays by Lady Gregory, John Eglinton, W B Yeats, Frank J Fay, and Colm T ib n provide an overview of the Irish dramatic literary revival Finally, the present and future state of theater in Ireland is considered in essays by Victor Merriman, Mary Trotter, Lionel Pilkington, and Joan Fitz Patrick Dean.A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.Each Norton Critical Edition includes an authoritative text, contextual and source materials, and a wide range of interpretations from contemporary perspectives to the most current critical theory as well as a bibliography and, in many cases, a chronology of the author s life and work.

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    1. What is Irish Drama? What characterizes a piece as "Irish" besides the fact that the author was born in Ireland? This is the main question my classmates and I explored in my graduate course on Irish Drama. While of course it's too complex to be completely answered, some of the characteristics we came up with were a preoccupation with and ambivalence towards superstition and the supernatural, tragic nationalism, crises of masculinity, family conflict, and fatalism. While some of the themes are of [...]

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    2. As per usual with school books, might've only read maybe half of the plays in it, but I did enjoy most of what I've read!

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    3. Some Norton anthologies bug the %^$% out of me because of their hackneyed author bios and snooty criticism. I liked this one. Very good plays, with supplementary material all in one lump in the back, away from the literature. And the material included a lot more author input and social/political/historical/production context instead of other people doing your interpretation for you.

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    4. It's an odd feeling. Some of the plays were so depressing. There were a few "I hate this!" (The Weir, John Bull's Other Island) and some I really enjoyed (Playboy of the Western World, Riders to the Sea, Spreading the News, Juno and the Paycock) despite the ridiculously depressing themes and plots.

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    5. Oh my god, I hate drama. There is a reason you watch plays and not read them. Once I got into the rhythm of the Irish play, it was easier to picture it in my head. "By the Bog of Cats" was my favorite play because it was just so odd.

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    6. I really enjoyed this compilation. While I'm sure it does not begin to scratch the surface of good Irish plays, it's a start. Also, the analyses and backgrounds of the plays in the back are fantastic.

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    7. Great selection, well organized, and insightful critical articles.

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    8. Can't get over how amazing so many of these plays are: Yeats' Cathleen Ni Houlihan, O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock, Fiel's Translations. Fabulous.

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    9. Used in my Irish Lit. class while studying abroad in Galway.

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