Women in Irish Drama

Author: M. Sihra
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230801455
Release Date: 2007-03-14
Genre: Performing Arts

Featuring original essays by leading scholars in the field, this book explores the immense legacy of women playwrights in Irish theatre since the beginning of theTwentieth century. Chapters consider the intersecting contexts of gender, sexuality and the body in order to investigate the broader cultural, political and historical implications of representing 'woman' on the stage. In addition, a number of essays engage with representations of women by a selection of male playwrights in order to re-evaluate familiar contexts and traditions in Irish drama. Features a Foreword by Marina Carr and a useful appendix of Irish women playwrights and their works.

Irish Women Playwrights 1900 1939

Author: Cathy Leeney
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 143310332X
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Literary Criticism

Irish Women Playwrights 1900-1939 is the first book to examine the plays of five fascinating and creative women, placing their work for theatre in co-relation to suggest a parallel tradition that reframes the development of Irish theatre into the present day. How these playwrights dramatize violence and its impacts in political, social, and personal life is a central concern of this book. Augusta Gregory, Eva Gore-Booth, Dorothy Macardle, Mary Manning, and Teresa Deevy re-model theatrical form, re-structuring action and narrative, and exploring closure as a way of disrupting audience expectation. Their plays create stage spaces and images that expose relationships of power and authority, and invite the audience to see the performance not as illusion, but as framed by the conventions and limits of theatrical representation. Irish Women Playwrights 1900-1939 is suitable for courses in Irish theatre, women in theatre, gender and performance, dramaturgy, and Irish drama in the twentieth century as well as for those interested in women’s work in theatre and in Irish theatre in the twentieth century.

Irish Women Dramatists

Author: Eileen Kearney
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815652922
Release Date: 2014-11-12
Genre: Drama

Irish women dramatists have long faced an uphill challenge in getting the recognition and audience of their male counterparts. There are more female playwrights now than ever before, but they are often ignored by mainstream theatres. Kearney and Headrick strive to shift the spotlight with Irish Women Dramatists. The plays collected in this volume represent a cross-section of the excellent dramatic output of Irish women writing in the twentieth century. In addition to the scripts and biographical introductions, the anthology includes a detailed, critical, annotated essay addressing the development of the Irish theatre throughout this time period, and the place women have artistically carved out for themselves in a traditionally male-dominated theatre industry and dramatic canon. One of the few collections of plays by Irish women, this volume contextualizes the political and sociological climate in which these playwrights developed. As theatre practitioners—actors and directors—as well as scholars, Kearney and Headrick have devoted years of research to discovering and rediscovering the contributions these women have made—and continue to make—in the Irish and world theatre scenes.

Women and Irish History

Author: Mary O'Dowd
Publisher: Irish Amer Book Company
ISBN: STANFORD:36105021362889
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Social Science

This volume examines Irish women's many and varied political and public roles from the 18th century through to the 20th century. Throughout such an analysis, many of the articles raise questions about the traditional historical assumption that women were passive agents in the political narrative. From philanthropic work in the 1770s to campaigning against de Valera's constitution in 1937, Irish women have a long history of public action. This book challenges historians to open up definitions of state, nation, citizenship and power which have been central to the debate on Irish history.

A Century of Irish Drama

Author: Stephen Watt
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 025321419X
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Drama

A Century of Irish Drama Widening the Stage Edited by Stephen Watt, Eileen Morgan, and Shakir Mustafa Foreword by Sivaun O'Casey The history of the Irish theatre from the founding of the Abbey to today's 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 drama's 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 Theatre's first 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 O'Casey, 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, O'Casey, 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 Devil's 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 O'Faolain's biographies of De Valera and on Edna O'Brien's 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 editor Contents Introduction: Re-thinking the Abbey and the Concept of a National Theatre, Eileen Morgan Part One: Challenging the Received View of Early Twentieth-Century Irish Theatre The Founding Years and the Irish National Theatre That Was Not, John P. Harrington The Alternative Aesthetic: The Theatre of Ireland's Urban Plays, Nelson S. Ceallaigh Ritschel Of Orangemen and Green Theatres: The Ulster Literary Theatre's Regional Nationalism, Laura E. Lyons Part Two: Theorizing and Historicizing Theatre Controversies The Abbey and the Theatrics of Controversy, 1909–1915, Lucy McDiarmid More Than a Morbid, Unhealthy Mind: Public Health and the Playboy Riots, Susan Cannon Harris Saying "No" to Politics: Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy, Shakir Mustafa Part Three: Reconstructing Drama during the "Fatal Fifties" O'Casey's The Drums of Father Ned in Context, Christopher Murray Love and Death: A Reconsideration of Behan and Genet, Stephen Watt Playing Outside with Samuel Beckett, Judith Roof Part Four: Contemporary Theatre Projects and Revivals Translating Women into Irish Theatre History, Mary Trotter "I've Never Been Just Me": Re-thinking Women's Positions in Christina Reid's Plays, Carla J. McDonough Neither Here nor There: The Liminal Position of Teresa Deevy and Her Female Characters, Christie Fox Play

Seen and Heard

Author: Cathy Leeney
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 0953425738
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Drama

Emma Donoghue, author of the best - selling Slammerkin, explores the erotic lesbian adventures of Anne Lister, Regency rake of female persuasion, in I Know My Own Heart. Michelle Read's The Lost Letters of a Victorian Lady is a highly comic, farcical romp over the minefield of Victorian sensibilities, and Irish republican sensitivities. New York City resident Siofra Campbell's Couch, a cool comedy of intimate ruthlessness and barter, is about love, desire, anxiety, and home furnishings in post-tiger Ireland. Veteran writer Anne Le Marquand Hartigan's La Corbiere is a powerful, poetic ritual of remembrance for the lost and the drowned voices of war-torn Europe. Dolores Walshe offers up In the Talking Dark, racial bigotry in apartheid South Africa. While Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy presents a highly entertaining and witty theatrical refiguring of the great heroes and heroines of ancient Ireland in Women in Arms.

The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century Irish Drama

Author: Shaun Richards
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521008735
Release Date: 2004-01-29
Genre: Literary Criticism

This collection covers the whole range of Irish drama from the late nineteenth-century melodramas to contemporary Dublin theatre festivals.

Women Playwrights in England Ireland and Scotland 1660 1823

Author: Susan Garland Mann
ISBN: STANFORD:36105018381637
Release Date: 1996-01-01
Genre: Reference

Features an encyclopedia of British and Irish women dramatists and their works. This work introduces women writers who composed a single play or closet drama, with authors who established themselves as professional playwrights, including Aphra Behn. It introduces more than 150 women playwrights, their plays, and performances of these dramas.

Political Acts

Author: Fiona Coleman Coffey
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815653882
Release Date: 2016-12-09
Genre: Performing Arts

Since the establishment of the Northern Irish state in 1921, theatre has often captured and reflected the political, social, and cultural changes that the North has experienced. From the mid–twentieth century, theatre has played a particularly important role in documenting women’s experiences and in showing how women’s social and political status has changed with the transformation of the state. Throughout the North’s history, women’s dramatic writing and performance have often contradicted mainstream narratives of the sectarian conflict, creating a rich and daring trove of counternarratives that contest the stories promoted by the government and media. Moving beyond the better-known women theatre practitioners of the North such as Marie Jones, Christina Reid, Anne Devlin, and the Charabanc Theatre Company, Coffey recovers the lost history of lesser-known, early playwrights and highlights a new generation of women writing during peacetime. She examines how Northern women have historically used the theatrical stage as a form of political activism when more traditional avenues were closed off to them. Tracing the development of women’s involvement in Northern theatre, Coffey ultimately illuminates how issues such as feminism, gender roles, violence, politics, and sectarianism have shifted over the past century as the North moves from conflict into a developing and fragile peace.

Gender and Modern Irish Drama

Author: Susan Cannon Harris
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253109736
Release Date: 2002-09-06
Genre: Literary Criticism

Gender and Modern Irish Drama argues that the representations of sacrificial violence central to the work of the Abbey playwrights are intimately linked with constructions of gender and sexuality. Susan Cannon Harris goes beyond an examination of the relationship between Irish national drama and Irish nationalist politics to the larger question of the way national identity and gender identity are constructed through each other. Radically redefining the context in which the Abbey plays were performed, Harris documents the material and discursive forces that produced Irish conceptions of gender. She looks at cultural constructions of the human body and their influence on nationalist rhetoric, linking the production and reception of the plays to conversations about public health, popular culture, economic policy, and racial identity that were taking place inside and outside the nationalist community. The book is both a crucial intervention in Irish studies and an important contribution to the ongoing feminist project of theorizing the production of gender and the body.

Woman and Scarecrow

Author: Marina Carr
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
ISBN: 082222416X
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Drama

THE STORY: A passionate woman--mother of eight children and wife to a remorseful husband--now facing death, looks back over her life and asks what could have been. Pathos and bitter humor mix in this powerful play from one of Ireland's leading dramat

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre

Author: Nicholas Grene
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780191016349
Release Date: 2016-07-28
Genre: Literary Criticism

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre provides the single most comprehensive survey of the field to be found in a single volume. Drawing on more than forty contributors from around the world, the book addresses a full range of topics relating to modern Irish theatre from the late nineteenth-century theatre to the most recent works of postdramatic devised theatre. Ireland has long had an importance in the world of theatre out of all proportion to the size of the country, and has been home to four Nobel Laureates (Yeats, Shaw, and Beckett; Seamus Heaney, while primarily a poet, also wrote for the stage). This collection begins with the influence of melodrama, looks at arguably the first modern Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde, before moving into a series of considerations of the Abbey Theatre, and Irish modernism. Arranged chronologically, it explores areas such as women in theatre, Irish-language theatre, and alternative theatres, before reaching the major writers of more recent Irish theatre, including Brian Friel and Tom Murphy, and their successors. There are also individual chapters focusing on Beckett and Shaw, as well as a series of chapters looking at design, acting and theatre architecture. The book concludes with an extended survey of the critical literature on the field. In each chapter, the author does not simply rehearse accepted wisdom; all of the authors push the boundaries of their respective fields, so that each chapter is a significant contribution to scholarship in its own right.