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Shakespeare and the Irish Writer

There is a long history in Ireland of performing, studying and responding to Shakespeare’s plays. Transposed to an Irish context, Shakespeare has continued to be a source of creative engagement and discussion for Irish writers. This new collection of essays explores the dynamic responses to Shakespeare by Irish writers, in both English and in Irish, since the early twentieth century. Written by leading Irish and international scholars in the fields of Shakespeare and Irish studies "Shakespeare and the Irish Writer" addresses the engagement with Shakespeare and his plays in the works of Yeats, Wilde, Joyce, Bowen, Shaw, Beckett and McGuinness as well as Irish language writers. It surveys Shakespeare’s reception in Ireland and suggests new ways of interpreting his work and his cultural associations in and from Ireland. Indeed, the collection reveals how the category ’Shakespeare and the Irish Writer’ discloses a level of cultural continuity across the contours of the history of Ireland and Britain. What emerges is an interaction with Shakespeare’s plays that, whether emulative or parodic, iconoclastic or subtly allusive, or a combination of these, is complex and creative.These essays provide new insight into Shakespeare’s reception in Ireland, illustrating how his plays have initiated a dialogue in Irish writing, and continue to do so.They show how Irish responses to his work constitute a legitimate form of criticism, enlarging understanding of Shakespeare in a broader than national context. "Shakespeare and the Irish Writer" will appeal to scholars of modern Irish writing and to Shakespeare scholars, particularly those interested in the appropriation of the many plays and their cultural afterlife.

216 pages

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Table of Contents

Note on Contributors Preface and Acknowledgements Note on Procedures Introduction - The Reception of Shakespeare in Ireland, Janet Clare and Stephen O’Neill ONE - Shakespeare and the Politics of the Irish Revival, Philip Edwards TWO - The ’Wild’ and the ’Useful’ - Shakespeare, Dowden and Some Yeatsian Antinomies, Brian Cosgrove THREE - ’Bhios ag Stratford ar an abhainn’ - Shakespeare, Douglas Hyde, 1916, Andrew Murphy FOUR - Shakespeare as Gaeilge, Tadhg O Dushlaine FIVE - ’Hamlet Among the Celts’ - Shakespeare, Joyce and Irish Ireland, Matthew Creasy SIX - Shakespeare and Company - Hamlet in Kildare Street, Declan Kiberd SEVEN - George Bernard Shaw and the Politics of Bardolatry, Cary Di Pietro EIGHT - William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and the Art of Appeal, Noreen Doody NINE - ’Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak’ - Wilde, Shakespeare, and the Question of Influence, Richard Meek TEN - ’Like Shakespeare,’ she added...’ or isn’t it’ - Shakespearean echoes in Elizabeth Bowen’s Portrait of Ireland, Heather Ingman ELEVEN - ’Nothing Will Come of Nothing’ - Zero-Sum Games in Shakespeare’s King Lear and Beckett’s Endgame, David Wheatley TWELVE - Playing Together - Shakespeare and the Drama of Frank McGuinness, Helen Lojek Index.

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