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Myth and Gender in Contemporary Irish Theatre

Maguire, Tom and Upton, Carole-Anne (2013) Myth and Gender in Contemporary Irish Theatre. In: Performing Feminisms in Contemporary Ireland. (Eds: Fitzpatrick, Lisa), Carysfort press, Dublin, pp. 18-32. ISBN 978-904505-1-62-4. [Book section]

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Abstract

The figuration of Irish national identity in gendered terms has been ubiquitous, not leastly on the stage. The Irish Literary Revival through the Irish Literary Theatre, sought to deploy specific dramatic versions of Celtic mythology in service of its broader aims. The shadow cast by such iconographic renderings within the work of Yeats inhibited the development of alternative versions for most of the last century. Such figurations have been reconceived by contemporary theatre makers in ways which have interrogated the roles of such myths in specific narratives of national identity. This essay explores strategies to reclaim gendered myths from the Ulster cycle through contemporary staging forms, using Mary-Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy’s Women-in-Arms and Big Telly’s The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne as specific examples.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Contemporary irish Theatre; feminist performance; feminist theory
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:26053
Deposited By: Dr Thomas Maguire
Deposited On:10 Sep 2013 08:21
Last Modified:10 Sep 2013 08:21

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