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The Doing of Telling on the Irish Stage

A Study of Language Performativity in Modern and Contemporary Irish Theatre


Rosana Herrero Martín

Narrative performance arises as a key concept to understand the fundamental course of transformation and transfiguration undergone by reality on stage in all Irish theatre pieces here under discussion. This study pursues the performative nature of the central threefold axis language-stage-reality and its particular relevance within the idiosyncratic historical and identitarian parameters that have shaped a national theatrical tradition in Ireland. Part I of the book attends to a theoretical approach, aiming at an inclusive analysis of the counter-factual nature of language. The subsequent parts trace the incidence of language and its multiple and complex relationships with reality along a number of theatrical landmarks of Modern and Contemporary Irish Theatre, from Dion Boucicault to Enda Walsh.
The Author: Rosana Herrero Martín holds a Ph.D. in Irish Theatre (University of Salamanca), a M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama (University College Dublin), and a B.A. in English and German Philology (University of Salamanca). She is currently lecturing Spanish language at the Instituto Cervantes in Bremen. Her main areas of interest are drama, post-colonial literature, literary translation, bilingualism and migration.