This collection of papers from a meeting of the International Association for the study of Anglo-Irish Literature provides a comprehensive survey of the Irish theatre. Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction. Jacqueline Genet; The Dangers and Difficulties of Dramatising the Lives of Deirdre and Grania. Richard Allen Cave; Actors in Barrels: Views on Vivid Words in Yeats's Plays. Margaret Rose; Beckett's Irish Theatre. Katharine Worth; The Image of Ireland in Nineteenth-Century Drama. Heinz Kosok; 'Nothing was Decided': Louis Macneice's Treatment of Irish History in^R They Met on Good Friday. Maureen S.G. Hawkins; 'The Heartbreak's Relevant': Dramatic and Poetic Qualities of John Hewitt's^R The Bloody Brae. Britta Olinder; Ireland and the Caribbean. Two Caribbean Versions of J.M. Synge's Dramas: Derek Walcott's^R The Sea at Dauphin and Mustapha Natura's The Playboy of the West Indies. Paul F. Botheroyd; James Joyce's Italian Translation of^R Riders to the Sea. Joan Fitzgerald; The Masks of Language in Translations. Lucia Angelica Solaris; The Worlds of Brian Friel. Patrick Rafroidi; Three Irish^R Antigones. Christopher Murray; The Theatre of Thomas Kilroy: Boxes of Words. Denis Sampson; Field Day's Fables of Identity. Patrick Burke; Language and Act: Thomas Murphy's Non-Interpretive Drama. Joseph Swann; Notes; Notes on Contributors; Index^R. Irish Literary Studies Series No. 33.
Here is a fascinating account of the struggle to create a viable American theatre and dramatic tradition in a society that, while eager for culture and entertainment, provided an environment hostile to their development. Meserve begins by describing the potential for dramatic writing that existed in America in 1829 and the obstacles faced by the many talented dramatists who emerged during the period. The author describes the work of playwrights in American popular theatre--their dramatization of current events and social issues and their attempts to adapt popular fiction and foreign plays. Two major categories of playwright are emphasized--the journeyman or actor-playwright and the literary playwright. The author finds that by 1850 virtually all of the outstanding American playwrights were either dead or had withdrawn from the theatrical scene.
This classic resource on the world of the Sagas is now back in print. With full-page maps and useful supplementary photos, this acclaimed encyclopedia covers every aspect of Scandinavia during the Middle Ages, including rulers and saints, overviews of the countries, religion, education, politics and law, culture and material life, history, literature, and art. A valuable and absorbing volume for students of the Norse sagas, the Viking age, and Old English history and literature, and for anyone interested in the cultural and historical heritage of Scandinavia. Includes cross-references and comprehensive index.
First published in 1993, Medieval Scandinavia: An Encyclopedia covers every aspect of the region during the Middle Ages, including rulers and saints, overviews of the countries, religion, education, politics and law, culture and material life, history, literature, and art. Written by a team of expert contributors, the encyclopedia offers those who lack command of the various Scandinavian languages a basic tool for the study of Medieval Scandinavia from roughly the Migration Period to the Reformation. With full-page maps, useful supplementary photos, cross-references and a comprehensive index, this work will be a valuable and absorbing volume for students of the Norse sagas, the Viking age, and Old English history and literature, and for anyone interested in the cultural and historical heritage of Scandinavia.
The Norman conquerors of Anglo-Saxon England have traditionally been seen both as rapacious colonizers and as the harbingers of a more civilized culture, replacing a tribal Germanic society and its customs with more refined Continental practices. Many of the scholarly arguments about the Normans and their influence overlook the impact of the past on the Normans themselves. The Continuity of the Conquest corrects these oversights. Wendy Marie Hoofnagle explores the Carolingian aspects of Norman influence in England after the Norman Conquest, arguing that the Normans’ literature of kingship envisioned government as a form of imperial rule modeled in many ways on the glories of Charlemagne and his reign. She argues that the aggregate of historical and literary ideals that developed about Charlemagne after his death influenced certain aspects of the Normans’ approach to ruling, including a program of conversion through “allurement,” political domination through symbolic architecture and propaganda, and the creation of a sense of the royal forest as an extension of the royal court. An engaging new approach to understanding the nature of Norman identity and the culture of writing and problems of succession in Anglo-Norman England, this volume will enlighten and enrich scholarship on medieval, early modern, and English history.