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Contemporary Irish Theatre

Transnational Practices

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Kao Wei H.

This monograph is one of the first to examine a collection of Irish plays from a transnational perspective in today’s era of globalization. The works dealt with in this study dramatize how foreign cultures are integrated into contemporary Ireland. In addition, they focus on the experiences of immigrants and marginalized people living on the fringes of Irish society. The aim of this book is therefore two-fold: first, it highlights how specific theatrical productions reflect the global factors at work in modern Ireland; second, it seeks to document how Irish dramatists exert a profound impact on theatre practitioners from non-English speaking countries and enrich their stage aesthetics. Accordingly, the works discussed in this book have not been authored by Irish playwrights only. They are set in the Middle East, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, the UK, and the USA. This monograph concentrates both on canonical and established playwrights, such as Dion Boucicault, Edward Harrigan, Eugene O’Neill, Sean O’Casey, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett, Frank McGuinness, Sebastian Barry, Tom Murphy, Marina Carr, and on lesser-known writers, including Jimmy Murphy, Dolores Walshe, Damian Smyth, Colin Teevan, among others.
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VII. Peace and Beyond in the Middle East: Colin Teevan’s War Trilogy

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VII. Peace and Beyond in the Middle East: Colin Teevan’s War Trilogy

Introduction: New Playwriting and Colin Teevan

Although globalization has heralded a new chapter of human life and been a key impetus for the furthering of international politics and economics, particularly during the last few decades of the twentieth century, it has not made, and perhaps never will make, much contribution to world peace. Sectarian conflicts and xenophobia still linger and are sometimes of greater intensity when the economic and military interests of superpowers clash. Competition between nations, whether regional or inter-continental, is often undertaken to achieve enhancement of international alliances, and/or to enable entrepreneurs to reach a wider market. This may demonstrate what Homi K. Bhabha predicted in his Locations of Culture, first published in 1994, about how the world would evolve irreversibly into a highly interconnected community, or global village, in that our existence cannot but be “marked by a tenebrous sense of survival, […] for which there seems to be no proper name other than the current and controversial shiftinesss of the prefix ‘post’” (333). What the world has experienced through, for instance, the September 11 attacks, the ensuing Iraq War, and the economic recession of 2008, may be seen as the symptoms of post-globalization which will be carried across boundaries, or between countries in the first and third worlds. The direct impacts and after-effects of these incidents have not bridged but widened the gap between the powerful and...

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