Book launch: Re-Place: Irish Theatre Environments

Lisa FitzGerald’s new book Re-Place: Irish Theatre Environments will be launched at NUI Galway at 4pm on Thursday 7 September. The event will take place in Studio 1 of the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance and the book will be launched by Professor Patrick Lonergan.   What role does nature play in the … Continue reading

Margaret Eaton writes about Frank McCourt in the Irish Times

  Margaret Eaton has published an article in the Irish Times about the process of writing her newly published study of Frank McCourt, Frank Confessions: Performance in the Life-Writings of Frank McCourt. Please click here to read the article. Frank Confessions aims to redress the critical neglect of Frank McCourt’s life-writing, which has been dismissed … Continue reading

New publication: Bernard Shaw in Brazil

In 1927, the first production of Pygmalion was staged in Brazil. At the time, over 65 per cent of the adult Brazilian population was illiterate, which makes it all the more surprising that directors and producers dared to stage such a controversial playwright – a writer who had often been rejected by the more sophisticated … Continue reading

Staging the Other in Nineteenth-Century British Drama published

The body of the «Other» – exotic, unfamiliar, fascinating – is the topic of this collection of essays on nineteenth-century British theatre. Arranged chronologically, the volume traces visual representations of the Other across the nineteenth century as well as their legacy in contemporary theatrical culture. Essays explore the concept, politics and aesthetic features of the … Continue reading

New publication: ‘Dancing As If Language No Longer Existed’

This book offers a comprehensive study of the role of dance in a wide range of contemporary Irish plays and argues that dance can be perceived as exemplifying the re-embracement of bodily expression by the local culture. The author approaches this issue from a cultural materialist perspective, demonstrating that dance in twentieth-century Ireland was particularly … Continue reading

New publication: Will the Modernist

Why was the Bard of Avon so frequently on the agenda of avant-garde writers in Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Ireland? This volume explores the rich and diverse landscape of Shakespearean encounters in the tormented aesthetics of pre- and post-World War I Europe. However manipulated, deformed or transfigured, the Renaissance dramatist was revived in … Continue reading

Rethinking ‘Identities’

This volume sets out to re-imagine the theoretical and epistemological presuppositions of existing scholarship on identities. Despite a well-established body of scholarly texts that examine the concept from a wide range of perspectives, there is a surprising dearth of work on multiple, heterogeneous forms of identity. Numerous studies of ethnic, linguistic, regional and religious identities … Continue reading

Immaterial Culture

Immaterial Culture engages with texts that are now largely unread and dismissed as trivial or dubious: the vast body of plays – thrillers, narrative poetry, comedy sketches, documentaries and adaptations of literature and drama – that aired on American network radio during the medium’s so-called golden age. For a quarter century, from the stock market … Continue reading

Reaching Athens

Why do revivals and adaptations of Greek tragedy still abound in European national theatres, fringe stages and international festivals in the twenty-first century? Taking as its starting point the concepts of myth developed by Jean-Luc Nancy and Roland Barthes and the notion of the ‘classical’ outlined by Salvatore Settis, this book analyses discourses around community, … Continue reading

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