From Stage to Page: Critical Reception of Irish Plays in the London Theatre, 1925-1996 - Reimagining Ireland 41 (Paperback)Peter James Harris (author)
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For each of the eight decades following Irish Independence a representative production is set in the context of Anglo-Irish relations in the period and developments in the theatre of the day. The first-night criticism of each production is analysed in the light of its political and artistic context as well as the editorial policy of the publication for which a given critic is writing.
The author argues that the relationship between context and criticism is not simply one of cause and effect but, rather, the result of the interplay of a number of cultural, historical, political, artistic and personal factors.
Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Number of pages: 299
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 224 x 150 x 18 mm
Edition: New edition
"Harry's work is a celebration of the continuing value and relevance of context and reception to our understanding of the ephemeral nature of theatre work. Harris recognises critics as human beings who have prejudices and make mistakes but whose `opinions and standpoints are subject to change, and, one hopes, evolution' (256). It is this continuing critical development of which we are all part that Harris's work captures and identifies so conclusively." (Michelle Paull, Irish Studies Review 20, 2013/3)