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Women in Irish Drama: A Century of Authorship and Representation (Performance Interventions) [Paperback]

Melissa Sihra

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29 Jan 2009 0230577911 978-0230577916
This volume of essays, now available in paperback, explores the fascinating and immensely rich legacy of Irish women playwrights throughout the twentieth century and opens up essential dialogue on the politics of authorship, representation and the 'canon' of Irish theatre. Ideological, historical and cultural issues are discussed in relation to the performance of woman, gender, sexuality and the body on the Irish stage in plays by women and, to a lesser extent, by men. An appendix lists over two hundred Irish women playwrights and their works, contesting the traditional concept of Irish theatre as primarily a site of male authorship and authority. In this book unknown territories are discovered and familiar ones are renegotiated, as the histories of Irish theatre are expanded, challenged and critiqued. Women in Irish Drama opens a space for previously forgotten or silenced voices and marks an exciting new beginning for the way in which Irish theatre is considered in the twenty-first century.

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'What makes this book a stimulating and enlightening read is how thoroughly many of the individual authors combine the goals of both uncovering and interrogating plays by and images of women, and placing these in their cultural contexts for the purposes of the book's sustained critique of patriarchal structures... [an] important volume.' 
- Karen Fricker, Contemporary Theatre Review
'... the book addresses a longstanding critical blind spot, includes a helpful appendix of Irish women playwrights dating from 1663, and points the way forward to a number of fruitful areas for future research.'
- Theatre Research International
'This volume undoubtedly fulfils its declared intent of widening the debate concerning the representation of women on the Irish stage... Its most striking achievement is the exposure of little-known work by female playwrights and the appended directory is an inspired move which provides an invaluable resource.'
- Margaret Maxwell, Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies

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Featuring original essays by leading scholars, this book, now available in paperback, explores the immense legacy of women playwrights in Irish theatre since the start of the twentieth century

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