Modernism, Drama, and the Audience for Irish Spectacle
Employing previously unexamined archival material, Paige Reynolds reconstructs five large-scale public events in early twentieth-century Irish culture: the riotous premiere of J. M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World in 1907; the events of Dublin Suffrage Week, including the Irish premiere of Ibsen's Rosmersholm, in 1913; the funeral processions of the playwright and Lord Mayor of Cork Terence MacSwiney in 1920; the sporting and arts competitions of the Tailteann Games in 1924; and the organized protests accompanying the premiere of Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars in 1926. The book provides attentive readings of the literature and theatre famously produced in tandem with these events, as well as introducing surprising texts that made valuable contributions to Irish national theatre. This detailed study revises pessimistic explanations of twentieth-century mass politics and crowd dynamics by introducing a more sympathetic account of national communities and national sentiment.
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1 The audiences for Irish modernism
2 Audience allegory the premiere of Synges The Playboy of the Western World
3 Subnational sentiment Dublin Suffrage Week and the uses of Ibsen
4 Modernist martyrdom scripting the death of Terence MacSwiney
5 Fictions in the Free State the 1924 Tailteann Games
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Abbey Theatre Abbey’s aesthetic afﬁliation artists asserted audience members Beltaine body Cambridge Catholic celebrated Celtic Christy Christy’s colonial conﬁrmed conﬂict Cork critical critique cultural death deﬁne demonstrated depicted display Dublin Suffrage Week early twentieth-century Easter Rising English feminist ﬁction ﬁctive ﬁgures ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁrst Freeman’s Journal funeral Gaelic gender Gregory hero heroic hunger strike Ibsen’s ideals imagined inﬂuence insisted Ireland Irish audiences Irish Citizen Irish identity Irish Independent Irish Literary Irish Literary Theatre Irish modernism Irish national Irish public Irish suffragists Irish women J.M. Synge London MacSwiney’s martyrdom mass Mayo melodrama modernist national audience national theatre O’Casey O’Donovan Rossa offered Patrick Pearse Pegeen performance play play’s Playboy political popular theatre production Rebecca reﬂected Republican revivalist role Rosmer Rosmersholm sacriﬁce self-sacriﬁce sentiment Sinn FeŽin social spectacle spectators sport stage suffragists Synge’s Tailteann Games Terence MacSwiney theatrical University Press W. B. Yeats women’s suffrage Yeats Yeats’s York