The Irish theatre of Brian Friel : texts and contexts

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Mary Kate Lowrey Dennis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Keith Cushman

Abstract: This dissertation places the sixteen plays of the contemporary Irish playwright Brian Friel, one of the leading dramatists writing in the English language today, in the context of Irish culture. I investigate the various Irish myths and legends to which Friel alludes in his work, the socio-economic conditions in Ireland at the time depicted in the plays, and the historical and political events Friel has used as a basis for the plays. I look at the relationship between the literature and the society in order to determine the influence that conditions in Ireland--particularly Ulster and Northern Ireland, Friel's home--have had upon his work. Friel's plays reveal his awareness of the political and cultural divisions that exist in his homeland and the fragmentation of the Irish psyche resulting from these divisions. This fragmentation appears in his themes and experimental dramatic techniques. His work combines a knowledge and understanding of Irish problems with an ability to universalize this knowledge so that his plays have important application for people in similar cultural conditions in other parts of the world.

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Language: English
Date: 1992
Friel, Brian $x Criticism and interpretation
Irish drama

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