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Anglo-Irish Peasant Drama- The Motifs of Land and Emigration

The Motifs of Land and Emigration


Universität Basel

How far is the art of drama inspired or impaired by non-literary forces? The problems the farmers met with in the unrest of 20th century Ireland have found manifold expression on the stage. The present investigation analyzes the theatrical and literary means of Irish peasant realism and tries to bring into view the historical, literary and social preconditions of this frequently neglected genre.
Contents: Irish Nationalism and Realistic Drama - The Peasant and His Land on the Stage (Analysis of plays by Padraic Colum, Rutherford Mayne, Lennox Robinson, Michael J. Molloy, John B. Keane, John Murphy).