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Modern Irish Drama
W. B. Yeats to Marina Carr, Second Edition

Sanford Sternlicht

Paper $19.95s    |    978-0-8156-3245-0    |    2010

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"One of the most significant periods of Western theater is the subject of a newly updated and expanded book by Sanford Sternlicht G’62, English professor emeritus in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. ‘Modern Irish Drama: W. B. Yeats to Marina Carr,’ published by Syracuse University Press, charts the path of modern and contemporary Irish drama from its roots in the Irish literary renaissance of the late 1800s to its flowering in 20th-century world theater. The book also covers the lives and careers of more than 50 young contemporary Irish playwrights, featuring summaries of their key plays and recommendations for further readings."

"This book examines major themes of modern Irish drama: suffering, poverty, the struggle for independence, the decline of the Anglo-Irish ascendency, the hunger for land, the waning power of the clergy, generational conflicts, urbanization, the tyranny of the father and the rise of feminism,’ says Sternlicht, an expert in Irish, British and American theater. ‘All of these themes figure prominently in recent Irish history and in the country’s dramatic and theatrical landscape."....
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Modern Irish Drama: W. B. Yeats to Marina Carr presents a thorough introduction to the recent history of one of the greatest dramatic and theatrical traditions in Western culture. Originally published in 1988, this updated edition provides extensive new material, charting the path of modern and contemporary Irish drama from its roots in the Celtic Revival to its flowering in world theater. The lives and careers of more than fifty modern Irish playwrights are discussed along with summaries of their major plays and recommendations for further reading.

Most significantly, Sternlicht treats the major themes of modern Irish drama: the struggle for independence; the suffering caused by extreme poverty and the resulting emigration; the decline of Anglo-Irish ascendency; the epic longing for and love of the land; the waning power of the clergy; generational conflicts; problems of the postcolonial transition; and the impact of feminism on a patriarchal society. Sternlicht brings well-deserved attention to such younger playwrights as Conor McPherson, Robert Massey, Ursala Rani Sarma, and Sean McLoughlin, among others. Including a selected bibliography and filmography, Modern Irish Drama is an indispensable resource for students of drama studies and production companies alike.

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Sanford Sternlicht is professor of English at Syracuse University, where he teaches Irish, American, and British drama. He is the author of numerous books including A Reader’s Guide to Modern American Drama and A Reader’s Guide to Modern British Drama; he is also the editor of The Selected Plays of Padraic Colum, coeditor with Christopher Fitz-Simon of New Plays from the Abbey Theatre, Volume One, and coeditor with Judy Friel of New Plays from the Abbey Theatre, Volumes Two and Three, all published by Syracuse University Press.

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Modern Irish Drama

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