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Contemporary Irish Drama: Second Edition

Contemporary Irish Drama: Second Edition (Hardback)

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A revised and updated version of this pioneering study covers the extraordinary revival of Irish drama in the second half of the twentieth century. By comparing the theatre of Samuel Beckett to more culturally specific Irish plays, the book establishes a greater international and theatrically experimental context for the field than has been recognised. Its three central chapters offer close and contextualised readings of the careers of Brian Friel, Tom Murphy and Thomas Kilroy across a span of more than four decades. The drama of Northern Ireland and its theatrical response to political violence receives sustained attention through a wide range of playwrights, including Frank McGuinness, Gary Mitchell, Christina Reid and Anne Devlin. A new chapter considers the work of such younger playwrights as Martin McDonagh and Marina Carr who emerged in the 1990s to probe the shortcomings of the 'Celtic Tiger' phenomenon. The book draws on significant productions of the period and will prove invaluable for students and theatregoers alike.

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismLiterary essaysEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: plays & playwrights Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 31/07/2009 ISBN-13: 9780230219786  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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ANTHONY ROCHE is Associate Professor in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has published widely in the field of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Irish drama and theatre. His recent publications include The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel (2006).

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