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Community Politics and the Peace Process in Contemporary Northern Irish Drama

by Eva Urban (Author)
©2011 Monographs 303 Pages
Series: Reimagining Ireland, Volume 31

Summary

This book examines theatre within the context of the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process, with reference to a wide variety of plays, theatre productions and community engagements within and across communities. The author clarifies both the nature of the social and political vision of a number of major contemporary Northern Irish dramatists and the manner in which this vision is embodied in text and in performance. The book identifies and celebrates a tradition of playwrights and drama practitioners who, to this day, challenge and question all Northern Irish ideologies and propose alternative paths. The author’s analysis of a selection of Northern Irish plays, written and produced over the course of the last thirty years or so, illustrates the great variety of approaches to ideology in Northern Irish drama, while revealing a common approach to staging the conflict and the peace process, with a distinct emphasis on utopian performatives and the possibility of positive change.

Details

Pages
303
Year
2011
ISBN (PDF)
9783035300659
ISBN (Softcover)
9783034301435
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0353-0065-9
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (March)
Keywords
Northern Ireland drama Peace Process theatre
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. 303 pp.

Biographical notes

Eva Urban (Author)

Eva Urban received her PhD from University College Dublin in 2008 for a thesis on community and identity in contemporary Northern Irish drama. She currently lectures at University College Dublin. Her research interests are in political and utopian theatre in an international context and she regularly engages in theatre and performance practice.

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