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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre Nicholas Grene (Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin)

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre By Nicholas Grene (Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin)

Summary

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre provides a comprehensive guide to beginning or continuing the study of Irish theatre since the late nineteenth century.

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre Summary

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre by Nicholas Grene (Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin)

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 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, and 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 contributors push the boundaries of their respective fields, so that each chapter is a significant contribution to scholarship in its own right.

The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre Reviews

Chris Morash and Nicholas Grene have made an immeasurable contribution to academic writing on theatre in general and contemporary Irish theatre in particular. * Nomination for the Judges' Special Award, in the Irish Times' Irish Theatre Awards (2018) *
It is an essential work for academics, students and members of the theatrical profession. * Mary Casteleyn, Vice President, Irish Genealogical Research Society *
The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre ... reads engagingly when consumed straight through. ... readers who make their way through it will find themselves well-oriented as to the outlines of and debates surrounding Irish dramatic production and consumption of the past 125 years. Indeed, with its critical depth and range, generous collection of photographs, useful chronology, and exhaustive bibliography of more than 700 source texts on Irish theatre, this volume is required reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject. * Brian W. Shaffer, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 *
covers an enormous amount of theatrical territory ... [which] should enrich our understanding and appreciation of the subject. Theatre in Ireland is well served by this imposing volume. * Patricia Craig, Times Literary Supplement *

About Nicholas Grene (Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin)

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English at Trinity College, Dublin. He has published extensively on a range of topics, including Irish theatre, Shakespeare, Yeats, Shaw and Indian literature in English. His impact on Irish theatre research extends back to Synge: A Critical Study of the Plays (1975); his study of modern Irish theatre, The Politics of Irish Drama (1999) has been highly influential, and his most recent book is Home on the Stage (2014). He is a founding director of both the Synge Summer School and the Irish Theatre Diaspora Project. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Chris Morash is Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College, Dublin; he was previously Professor of English in Maynooth University. Born in Canada, he has published widely on Irish literature and cultural history, including Writing the Irish Famine (1996), A History of Irish Theatre 1601-2000 (2002), A History of the Media in Ireland (2009), and Mapping Irish Theatre (with Shaun Richards, 2013). His History of Irish Theatre won the Theatre Book Prize in 2003, and is widely regarded as the standard history in the field. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Table of Contents

Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash: Introduction Part I: Nineteenth-Century Legacies 1: Stephen Watt: The Inheritance of Melodrama 2: Michael McAteer: Oscar Wilde: International Politics and the Drama of Sacrifice Part II: Theatre and Nation 3: Ben Levitas: The Abbey and the Idea of a Theatre 4: P.J. Mathews: Theatre and Activism 1900-1916 5: Terence Brown: W.B. Yeats and Rituals of Performance 6: Mary Burke: The Riot of Spring: Synge's 'Failed Realism' and the Peasant Drama Part III: Models and Influences 7: Shaun Richards: 'We Were Very Young and We Shrank From Nothing': Realism and Early Twentieth-Century Irish Drama 8: Richard Cave: Modernism and Irish Theatre 1900-1940 9: Brad Kent: Missing Links: Bernard Shaw and the Discussion Play Part IV: Revolution and Beyond 10: Nicholas Allen: Imagining the Rising 11: Lauren Arrington: The Abbey Theatre and the Irish State 12: Christopher Murray: O'Casey and the City Part V: Performance 1 13: Paige Reynolds: Design and Direction To 1960 14: Eibhear Walshe: The Importance of Staging Oscar: Wilde At the Gate 15: Adrian Frazier: Irish Acting in the Early Twentieth Century Part VI: Contesting Voices 16: Brian O Conchubhair: Twisting in the Wind: Irish-Language Stage Theatre 1884-2014 17: Cathy Leeney: Women and Irish Theatre Before 1960 18: Lionel Pilkington: The Little Theatres of the 1950s Part VII: The New Revival 19: Lisa Coen: Urban and Rural Theatre Cultures: M.J. Molloy, John B. Keane, and Hugh Leonard 20: Anthony Roche: Brian Friel and Tom Murphy: Forms of Exile 21: Jose Lanters: Thomas Kilroy and the Idea of a Theatre Part VIII: Diversification 22: Marilynn Richtarik: Brian Friel and Field Day 23: Mark Phelan: From Troubles to Post-Conflict Theatre in Northern Ireland 24: Victor Merriman: 'As We Must': Growth and Diversification in Ireland's Theatre Culture 1977-2000. 25: Shelley Troupe: From Druid/Murphy To DruidMurphy Part IX: Performance 2 26: Chris Morash: Places of Performance 27: Ian R. Walsh: Directors and Designers since 1960 28: Nicholas Grene: Defining Performers and Performances 29: Julie Bates: Beckett at the Gate Part X: Contemporary Irish Theatre 30: Helen Heusner Lojek: Negotiating Differences in the Plays of Frank McGuinness 31: Emilie Pine: Drama Since the 1990s: Memory, Story, Exile 32: Clare Wallace: Irish Drama Since the 1990s: Disruptions 33: Melissa Sihra: Shadow and Substance: Women, Feminism, and Irish Theatre After 1980 34: Brian Singleton: Irish Theatre Devised Part XI: Ireland and the World 35: Ronan McDonald: Global Beckett 36: John P. Harrington: Irish Theatre and the United States 37: James Moran: Irish Theatre in Britain 38: Ond%rej Pilny: Irish Theatre in Europe 39: Patrick Lonergan: 'Feast and Celebration': The Theatre Festival and Modern Irish Theatre 40: Christina Hunt Mahony: Reinscribing the Classics, Ancient and Modern: The Sharp Diagonal of Adaptation Part XII: Critical Responses 41: Eamonn Jordan: Irish Theatre and Historiography

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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre by Nicholas Grene (Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Professor of English Literature Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin)
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