Irish Drama, Modernity and the Passion Play Hardback

by Alexandra Poulain;


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Irish Drama, Modernity and the Passion Play

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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, Sean 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.

Irish Drama, Modernity and the Passion Play by Alexandra Poulain was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2016. The ISBN for Irish Drama, Modernity and the Passion Play is 9781349949625.

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Page last updated 30th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (October 2016)
Number of Pages271
Height210 mm
Width148 mm
ISBN9781349949625
ISBN-101349949620
Product Code4453874
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