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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre - Oxford Handbooks (Paperback)
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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre - Oxford Handbooks (Paperback)

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Paperback 800 Pages / Published: 03/10/2019
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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre provides the single most comprehensive survey of the field to be found in a single volume. Drawing on more than forty contributors from around the world, the book addresses a full range of topics relating to modern Irish theatre from the late nineteenth-century to the most recent works of postdramatic devised theatre. Ireland has long had an importance in the world of theatre out of all proportion to the size of the country, and has been home to four Nobel Laureates (Yeats, Shaw, and Beckett; Seamus Heaney, while primarily a poet, also wrote for the stage). This collection begins with the influence of melodrama, and looks at arguably the first modern Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde, before moving into a series of considerations of the Abbey Theatre, and Irish modernism. Arranged chronologically, it explores areas such as women in theatre, Irish-language theatre, and alternative theatres, before reaching the major writers of more recent Irish theatre, including Brian Friel and Tom Murphy, and their successors. There are also individual chapters focusing on Beckett and Shaw, as well as a series of chapters looking at design, acting, and theatre architecture. The book concludes with an extended survey of the critical literature on the field. In each chapter, the author does not simply rehearse accepted wisdom; all of the contributors push the boundaries of their respective fields, so that each chapter is a significant contribution to scholarship in its own right.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198849445
Number of pages: 800
Weight: 1336 g
Dimensions: 244 x 169 x 41 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Chris Morash and Nicholas Grene have made an immeasurable contribution to academic writing on theatre in general and contemporary Irish theatre in particular. * Nomination for the Judges' Special Award, in the Irish Times' Irish Theatre Awards (2018) *
It is an essential work for academics, students and members of the theatrical profession. * Mary Casteleyn, Vice President, Irish Genealogical Research Society *
The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre ... reads engagingly when consumed straight through. ... readers who make their way through it will find themselves well-oriented as to the outlines of and debates surrounding Irish dramatic production and consumption of the past 125 years. Indeed, with its critical depth and range, generous collection of photographs, useful chronology, and exhaustive bibliography of more than 700 source texts on Irish theatre, this volume is required reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject. * Brian W. Shaffer, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 *
covers an enormous amount of theatrical territory ... [which] should enrich our understanding and appreciation of the subject. Theatre in Ireland is well served by this imposing volume. * Patricia Craig, Times Literary Supplement *

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