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Brian Friel: Theatre and Politics

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Brian Friel is widely recognized as one of the greatest contemporary dramatists writing in the English language. This is the first book-length study to draw on the Brian Friel Papers in the National Library of Ireland: the numerous drafts and revisions of the plays, the author's notes, correspondence, etc. These help to provide a deeper awareness of the radical, experimental nature of Friel's dramaturgy and a more nuanced understanding of the plays' politics in relation to both Northern Ireland and the Republic. The book covers the entire span of Friel's career and its twenty-four original plays, from the late 1950s to the present. It addresses such central topics as: Friel and the role of the director; negotiations between the past and the present; the operation of fantasy; the politics of space; and the interplay of memory and history. The book deepens and extends our understanding of Friel's achievement and will be an invaluable guide to students of theatre and drama, cultural and Irish studies.

About the Author

ANTHONY ROCHE was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He holds degrees from Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of California, and is Associate Professor in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. His publications include The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel (2006) and Contemporary Irish Drama (second edition 2009).

Table of Contents

Introduction

Escaping Containment: the Early Plays

Friel and the Director: Tyrone Guthrie and Hilton Edwards

The Operation of Fantasy

Changing the Direction of Theatre: Friel, John Osborne and David Storey

The Politics of Space: Reconfiguring Relationships

Translations: An Enquiry into the Disappearance of Lt. Yolland

History and Memory

Negotiating the Present

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137274694
Author:
Roche, Anthony
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
Theater - History & Criticism
Subject:
European/English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Drama -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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