The Loss of Selfhood in the Plays of Marina Carr
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.
Acknowledgements vii Introduction 1 chapter 1 Unnatural Blood 29 chapter 2 Coagulated Blood, Congealed Blood and Mixed Blood 95 chapter 3 The One Blood 161 chapter 4 Sacrificial Blood 213 chapter 5 New Blood 273 Conclusion 287 Appendix 291 Bibliography 293 Index 309
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