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Irish Drama in Poland

Staging and Reception, 1900-2000

With a Foreword by Michael Cronin
Irish Drama in Poland is the first book to broadly assess Irish drama’s impact on both Poland’s theatrical world and its cultural and literary heritage in the twentieth century. With a wide-ranging analysis—from Yeats, Synge, O’Casey, and Behan, to Wilde, Shaw, and Beckett—this engaging study explores the translation, production, and reception of Irish plays in Poland. Barry Keane presents readers with the historical and literary context for each production, allowing readers to understand the many ways Irish theater has informed Poland’s theatrical and literary heritage. Including a foreword by translation scholar Michael Cronin, Irish Drama in Poland drives home the importance of exploring intercultural contexts, allowing readers a more informed understanding of European culture and identity.

200 pages | 7 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2016

Culture Studies

History: European History

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"This compelling history of the reception of Irish theatre in Poland serves two main purposes: it provides an informed outline of twentieth-century Polish drama and its relationship with foreign (especially Irish) theatre, and it expands our understanding of Irish literature through an external outlook. Works of reception studies are at their best when they modify  and complicate our perspective of both the translating and the translated system and this is often successfully achieved by Keane’s monograph, which is, therefore, suitable for anyone with an interest in Irish drama."

New Theatre Quarterly

"The variety of examples that Irish Drama in Poland offers, Keane’s engagement with both Polish- and English-language sources, his attention to different journeys that led individual Irish plays to Polish stages, and his exploration of various tensions these interactions brought about, makes Irish Drama in Poland a very rich resource. The book is appropriate not only for cultural and theatre studies, but also for literature and translation studies. I would imagine that scholars and graduate students would find it particularly useful as Keane assumes a basic level of familiarity with both cultures. However, if preceded by a lecture on Irish and Polish history and culture, it could become an extremely useful reading for undergraduates. Barry Keane’s book is a timely study that adds to our understanding of European theatre and its history as a larger cultural phenomenon created and recreated through multiple and often conflicting interactions between peoples, languages, history, and the arts.'"

Kasia Lech | The Polish Review

"In this rich, fluently written book, Barry Keane does exactly what he says he is going to do on the cover. His subject is the staging and reception of Irish drama in Poland in the twentieth century. The book must be of interest and use to a variety of readers: aficionados and aficionadas of Irish drama; those interested in the Polish theatre; those whose concern is with the reception of works of one national literature within the culture of another nation; and those who like a good literary story well told."

David Malcolm | Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
                Michael Cronin
Prologue: Thomas Moore: An Early Meeting of the Waters
Chapter 1: Compromised Heroes: Irish Drama in the Era of Young Poland (1900–1939)
Chapter 2: A Fall from Grace: Irish Drama During the Inter-War Years (1918–1939)
Chapter 3: Walking on Eggshells: Irish Drama in the Post-War Era (1945–1960)
Chapter 4: Towards the Modern Era (1960–1979)
Epilogue: The Millennial Surge

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