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Irish Drama, Modernity and the Passion Play

Authors: Poulain, Alexandra

  • Offers an innovative new approach to understanding the evolution of Irish theatre over the twentieth century
  • Represents the first dedicated examination of the Passion play as a distinct genre
  • Analyses plays from a range of playwrights, from the canonical to the relatively obscure for a comprehensive exploration of this specialised theatrical form
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About this book

This book discusses Irish Passion plays (plays that rewrite or parody the story of the Passion of Christ) in modern Irish drama from the Irish Literary Revival to the present day. It offers innovative readings of such canonical plays as J. M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, W. B. Yeats’s Calvary, Brendan Behan’s The Hostage, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Brian Friel’s Faith Healer and Tom Murphy’s Bailegangaire, as well as of less well-known plays by Padraic Pearse, Lady Gregory, G. B. Shaw, Seán O’Casey, Denis Johnston, Samuel Beckett and David Lloyd. Challenging revisionist readings of the rhetoric of “blood sacrifice” and martyrdom in the Irish Republican tradition, it argues that the Passion play is a powerful political genre which centres on the staged death of the (usually male) protagonist, and makes visible the usually invisible violence perpetrated both by colonial power and by the postcolonial state in the name of modernity.

About the authors

Alexandra Poulain is Professor of Irish Studies at Paris 3-Sorbonne nouvelle, France. She has written extensively on modern and contemporary Irish drama, in particular Yeats, Beckett and Tom Murphy. 

Reviews

“Alexandra Poulain has discovered a riveting new theme which runs through twentieth century Irish drama, that of the Passion play or crucifixion of Jesus Christ, often presented ironically or parodically. By investigating the spectacle of the sacrificed male body from Synge to Friel, Kilroy and beyond, which makes visceral and visible modes of violence perpetrated by hegemonic ideologies and practices of state or colonial powers, she produces exhilarating new insights into both canonical and less familiar plays. A delight to read, this book opens up new territory in Irish theatre studies and contributes to wider debates in theatre on the gaze of the spectator and the body in performance.” (Anna McMullan, Professor of Theatre, University of Reading, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Poulain, Alexandra

    Pages 1-11

  • “Unseen Forms of Violence”: J. M. Synge and the Playboy of the Modern World

    Poulain, Alexandra

    Pages 15-30

  • Anticipating the Rising: Pedagogy, Sacrifice and Theatre in Padraic Pearse’s Plays

    Poulain, Alexandra

    Pages 33-49

  • Framing the Rising: W. B. Yeats’s Calvary and Lady Gregory’s The Story Brought by Brigit

    Poulain, Alexandra

    Pages 51-74

  • Saint Joan’s Unheard Voices: G. B. Shaw and the Passion Play

    Poulain, Alexandra

    Pages 75-91

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-94963-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-94962-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: March 9, 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95688-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Irish Drama, Modernity and the Passion Play
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-94963-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-94963-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-94962-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95688-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 264
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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