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Performance Interventions

Women in Irish Drama

A Century of Authorship and Representation

Editors: Sihra, M. (Ed.)

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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.

About the authors

MARINA CARR Playwright JANELLE REINELT Professor of Performance Studies, Warwick University, UK PAUL MURPHY Lecturer in Drama Studies, Queen's University Belfast, UK VELMA O'DONOGHUE GREENE Doctoral candidate, School of Drama, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland CATHY LEENEY Lecturer in Drama, University College Dublin, Ireland LISA FITZPATRICK Lecturer in Drama, University of Ulster at Magee, UK ANNA MCMULLAN Chair of Drama, Queen's University Belfast, UK MARK PHELAN Lecturer in Drama Studies, Queen's University Belfast, UK EAMONN JORDAN Lecturer in Performing Arts, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland RACHEL O'RIORDAN Lecturer in Drama Studies, Queen's University Belfast, UK ENRICA CERQUONI Teaching Fellow, Drama Studies Centre, University College Dublin, Ireland ANTHONY ROCHE Associate Professor, School of English and Drama, University College Dublin, Ireland BRIAN SINGLETON Head of the School of Drama, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland OLWEN FOUÉRÉ Actor associated with the company Operating Theatre

Reviews

'What makes this book a stimulating and enlightening read is how thoroughly many of the individual authors combine the goals of both uncovering and interrogating plays by and images of women, and placing these in their cultural contexts for the purposes of the book's sustained critique of patriarchal structures... [an] important volume.'

- Karen Fricker, Contemporary Theatre Review

'... the book addresses a longstanding critical blind spot, includes a helpful appendix of Irish women playwrights dating from 1663, and points the way forward to a number of fruitful areas for future research.'

- Theatre Research International

'This volume undoubtedly fulfils its declared intent of widening the debate concerning the representation of women on the Irish stage... Its most striking achievement is the exposure of little-known work by female playwrights and the appended directory is an inspired move which provides an invaluable resource.'

- Margaret Maxwell, Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Figures at the Window

    Sihra, Melissa

    Pages 1-22

  • Woman as Fantasy Object in Lady Gregory’s Historical Tragedies

    Murphy, Paul

    Pages 28-41

  • Writing Women for a Modern Ireland: Geraldine Cummins and Susanne Day

    Greene, Velma O’Donoghue

    Pages 42-54

  • The Space Outside: Images of Women in Plays by Eva Gore-Booth and Dorothy Macardle

    Leeney, Cathy

    Pages 55-68

  • Taking their Own Road: The Female Protagonists in Three Irish Plays by Women

    Fitzpatrick, Lisa

    Pages 69-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women in Irish Drama
Book Subtitle
A Century of Authorship and Representation
Editors
  • M. Sihra
Series Title
Performance Interventions
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-80145-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230801455
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-00647-8
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-57791-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-28229-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 241
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