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Title:The Lost Tribe in the Mirror: Playwrights of Northern Ireland
Author(s):Johnston, Philip Thomas Alexander
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):James Hurt
Department / Program:Theater
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, English
Abstract:The introductory chapter outlines the scope of the general historical and political background against which these plays were written beginning with the Ulster Literary Theater in 1902. Subsequently, the work of Thompson, Parker, Mitchell and Jones is discussed in chapters 1--5 including a brief discussion of the dramatists' life and work. Chapter 1 focuses on the political and social tragedy in Thompson's first major play for the theater Over The Bridge. Parker's writings on theater are seminal in the dramatic tradition in the north of Ireland, and chapter two explores his concern for a fractured society in which the playwright needed to play an active, guiding role. Chapter three examines the masterworks of a major twentieth-century Irish dramatist---Stewart Parker's Three Plays For Ireland. Chapter four deals with more recent Northern Irish drama and focus on the Protestant community from Gary Mitchell's perspective, revealing its present trend of introspection and shifting circumstances. Marie Jones has been one of several woman playwrights who have been struggling for representation in Irish Theater, and chapter five examines her career as she sought to "dig-out" Belfast's lesser known stories.
Issue Date:2001
Description:211 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3023086
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2001

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