Irish Women Playwrights 1900-1939

Gender and Violence on Stage

by Cathy Leeney (Author)
©2011 Monographs XII, 265 Pages
Series: Irish Studies, Volume 9


Irish Women Playwrights 1900-1939 is the first book to examine the plays of five fascinating and creative women, placing their work for theatre in co-relation to suggest a parallel tradition that reframes the development of Irish theatre into the present day.
How these playwrights dramatize violence and its impacts in political, social, and personal life is a central concern of this book. Augusta Gregory, Eva Gore-Booth, Dorothy Macardle, Mary Manning, and Teresa Deevy re-model theatrical form, re-structuring action and narrative, and exploring closure as a way of disrupting audience expectation. Their plays create stage spaces and images that expose relationships of power and authority, and invite the audience to see the performance not as illusion, but as framed by the conventions and limits of theatrical representation.
Irish Women Playwrights 1900-1939 is suitable for courses in Irish theatre, women in theatre, gender and performance, dramaturgy, and Irish drama in the twentieth century as well as for those interested in women’s work in theatre and in Irish theatre in the twentieth century.


XII, 265
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2012 (April)
Irland Frauendrama Geschlechterbeziehung (Motiv) Gewalt (Motiv) Geschichte 1900-1939 "Theatre Gender and Performance" Englisch Theatre Drama Irish Theatre Women Playwrights Gender and Performance Irish Drama
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XII, 265 pp.

Biographical notes

Cathy Leeney (Author)

Cathy Leeney lectures in drama studies at University College Dublin. She initiated the first Masters in Directing for Theatre in Ireland in 2005 and is a founding member of the Executive of the Irish Society for Theatre Research. She trained as a director with the British Theatre Association in London. Her publications include Seen and Heard: Six New Plays by Irish Women (2001), The Theatre of Marina Carr: «before rules was made» (edited with Anna McMullan, 2003), and essays and articles on twentieth century and contemporary Irish theatre, playwriting, and directing.


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