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Bloody Living

The Loss of Selfhood in the Plays of Marina Carr

by Rhona Trench (Author)
©2010 Monographs VIII, 322 Pages
Series: Reimagining Ireland, Volume 20

Summary

This book deals with the process of negotiation with the past in the present through the plays of Marina Carr. The title frames the work, connoting the path towards destruction and the sense of lethargy acquired along the way. The book offers an in-depth and extensive reading of Carr’s plays. In doing so, it surveys some of the destructive issues represented in the works and provides a series of social and cultural contexts to which the concerns in the works are related.
Carr is best known for her trilogy, The Mai, Portia Coughlan and By the Bog of Cats…, and more recently Woman and Scarecrow, The Cordelia Dream and Marble. The plays are regularly concerned with notions of identity in the context of self-destruction, self-estrangement and displacement. This book applies Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection to Carr’s plays in an effort to structure the loss the author identifies in the works. Themes of memory, history and myth are examined in the context of these concerns in provocative and confrontational ways.

Details

Pages
VIII, 322
Year
2010
ISBN (PDF)
9783035300703
ISBN (Softcover)
9783039119646
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0353-0070-3
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (March)
Keywords
Early play identity memory history myth
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. VIII, 322 pp.

Biographical notes

Rhona Trench (Author)

The Author: Rhona Trench holds a doctorate in Contemporary Irish Theatre from Queen’s University Belfast. She is Programme Chair and teaches on the B.A. in Performing Arts (Hons) at IT Sligo. She was the Symposium Convenor for the Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2009. She is currently writing on the practice of the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Sligo.

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