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Shakespeare and Twentieth-Century Irish Drama By Rebecca Steinberger

Shakespeare and Twentieth-Century Irish Drama

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Exploring the influence of Shakespeare on drama in Ireland, this title examines works by two representative playwrights: Sean O'Casey (1880-1964) and Brian Friel (1929-). It reveals that Shakespeare's plays embody an empathy for the Irish Other. It investigates Shakespeare's commiseration with marginalized peoples.

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Shakespeare and Twentieth-Century Irish Drama: Conceptualizing Identity and Staging Boundaries by Rebecca Steinberger

Exploring the influence of Shakespeare on drama in Ireland, Rebecca Steinberger examines works by two representative playwrights: Sean O'Casey (1880-1964) and Brian Friel (1929-). Shakespeare's plays, grounded in history, nationalism, and imperialism, are resurrected, rewritten, and reinscribed in twentieth-century Irish drama, while Irish plays, in turn, historicize the Subject/Object relationship of England and Ireland. In particular, Steinberger argues, Irish dramatists' appropriations of Shakespeare were both a reaction to the language of domination and a means to support their revision of the Irish as Subject.This study reveals that Shakespeare's plays embody an empathy for the Irish Other. As she investigates Shakespeare's commiseration with marginalized peoples and the anticolonial underpinnings in his texts, Steinberger situates Shakespeare between the English discourse that claims him and the Irish discourse that assimilates him.

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About Rebecca Steinberger


Rebecca Steinberger is Associate Professor of English at College Misericordia, USA.

Table of Contents


Introduction; 'What ish my nation': the blurring of national identity in Shakespeare's Henry V, Richard II, and Spenser's A View of the Present State of Ireland; 'Past and to come seems best: things present worse': appropriations of Shakespeare's Henriad in modern Irish drama; 'Something is being eroded': peripheral visions in contemporary Irish drama; Conclusion; Further reading; Bibliography; Index.

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GOR010829022
Shakespeare and Twentieth-Century Irish Drama: Conceptualizing Identity and Staging Boundaries by Rebecca Steinberger
Rebecca Steinberger
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2008-04-28
150
0754637808
9780754637806
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