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Brian Friel

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Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

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This essential guide provides a deeply informed survey of the criticism of all the plays and major stories authored by Brian Friel. Scott Boltwood introduces readers to the key themes that have been used to characterise...

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This essential guide provides a deeply informed survey of the criticism of all the plays and major stories authored by Brian Friel. Scott Boltwood introduces readers to the key themes that have been used to characterise Friel's entire career, moving chronologically from his early work as a successful short story writer to the present day.

This is an essential text for dedicated modules or courses on Modern or Contemporary British and Irish drama offered as part of English Literature degrees, or for the literature and culture modules of undergraduate and postgraduate Irish Studies degrees. In addition, this book is an ideal companion for A Level students reading Friel's plays, or anyone with an interest in this complex writer’s career.

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  • Comprehensive and accessible
  • Explores a dramatic canon that has been performed, translated, and studied widely around the world - not just in Europe but also in Africa, South America, Scandinavia and Asia
  • Analyses a vast and differentiated body of critical work surrounding topics as diverse as language, politics, the female body, postcolonialism, theatrical space, religion, music, and the exploration of memory and identity
  • Contains four chapters dedicated solely to the critical reception of some of Friel's most-discussed plays: Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Faith Healer, Translations and Dancing at Lughnasa
  • Provides a chronological survey of Friel's extensive career to create a complete and coherent overview of each play's critical history
  • Considers Friel's place in the revitalization of Irish theatre
  • Explores future directions in the field of Friel criticism
  • Includes an invaluable bibliography
  • Authored by a leading Friel scholar

Introduction
1. Early Journalism and Stories, 1957-1963
2. Early and 'Withdrawn' Plays
3. 'Philadelphia, Here I Come!' (1964)
4. Plays of the Later 1960s
5. Plays of the Early 1970s
6. 'Living Quarters' (1977) and 'Aristocrats' (1979)
7. 'Faith Healer' (1979)
8. 'Translations' (1980)
9. Plays of the 1980s
10. 'Dancing at Lughnasa' (1990)
11. Plays of the 1990s
12. Last Plays
Conclusion.

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Scott Boltwood is Henry Carter Stuart Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Emory and Henry College, USA. He is the author of Brian Friel, Ireland, and The North (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and editor of Renegotiating and Resisting Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Irish Drama (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Stewart Love: Selected Plays (Lagan Press, 2010).

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Scott Boltwood is Henry Carter Stuart Professor of English and Chair of the English Department at Emory and Henry College, USA. He is the author of Brian Friel, Ireland, and The North (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and editor of Renegotiating and Resisting Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Irish Drama (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Stewart Love: Selected Plays (Lagan Press, 2010).

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