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Synge and His Influences

Centenary Essays from the Synge Summer School


Edited By Patrick Lonergan

The year 2009 was the centenary of the death of John Millington Synge, one of the world’s great dramatists. To mark the occasion, this book gathers essays by leading scholars of Irish drama, aiming to explore the writers and movements that shaped Synge, and to consider his enduring legacies. Essays discuss Synge’s work in its Irish, European and world contexts – showing his engagement not just with the Irish literary revival but with European politics and culture too. The book also explores Synge’s influence on later writers: Irish dramatists such as Brian Friel, Tom Murphy and Marina Carr, as well as international writers like Mustapha Matura and Erisa Kironde. It also considers Synge’s place in Ireland today, revealing how The Playboy of the Western World has helped to shape Ireland’s responses to globalisation and multiculturalism, in celebrated productions by the Abbey Theatre, Druid theatre, and Pan Pan theatre company.

Contributors include Ann Saddlemyer, Ben Levitas, Mary Burke, Paige Reynolds, Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, Mark Phelan, Shaun Richards, Ondvrej Piln´y, Richard Pine, Alexandra Poulain, Emilie Pine, Melissa Sihra, Sara Keating, Bisi Adigun, Adrian Frazier and Anthony Roche.

CONTENTS: Ann Saddlemyer: The Poeticizing of Synge - Ben Levitas: Censorship and Self-Censure in the Plays of Synge - Mary Burke: Synge, Evolutionary Theory, and the Irish Language - Paige Reynolds: Synge’s Things: Material Culture in the writings of Synge - Eilís Ní Dhuibhne: The Best Field Worker: Synge and Irish Folklore - Mark Phelan: Fair Play Synge - Shaun Richards: Synge, Anarchism, and the European Avant-Garde - Ondrej Pilný: The Translator’s Playwright: Karel Mušek and Synge - Richard Pine Well, Well, Well: A Question Of «Piety» Alexandra Poulain Synge and Tom Murphy: Beyond Naturalism - Emilie Pine: Living With Ghosts: Synge and Marina Carr - Melissa Sihra: Re-Location and Re-Locution: Adapting Synge - Sara Keating: Evolving Playboys for the Global World - Bisi Adigun: Re-Writing Synge’s Playboy – Christy’s Metamorphosis, A Hundred Years On.