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Ireland, Enlightenment and the English stage, 1740-1820

Author: David O'Shaughnessy
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The theatre was a crucial forum for the representation of Irish civility and culture for the eighteenth-century English audience. Irish actors and playwrights, operating both as individuals and within networks, were remarkably popular and potent during this period, especially in London. As ideas of Enlightenment percolated throughout Britain and Ireland, Irish theatrical practitioners - actors, managers,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David O'Shaughnessy
ISBN: 9781108498142 1108498140
OCLC Number: 1076550759
Description: xiv, 268 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Staging an Irish enlightenment / David O'Shaughnessy --
Part 1. Representations and resistance --
Straddling: London-Irish actresses and their characters / Felicity Nussbaum --
John Johnstone and the possibilities of Irishness, 1783-1820 / Jim Davis --
The diminution of 'Irish' Johnstone / Oskar Cox Jensen --
Part 2. Symbiotic stages: Dublin and London --
Midas, Kane O'Hara and the Italians: an interplay of comedy between London and Dublin / Michael Burden --
Trading Loyalties: Sheridan, the School for scandal and the Irish propositions / Robert W. Jones --
Sydney Owenson, Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu and the domestic stage of Post-Union politics / Colleen Taylor --
Part 3: Enlightened perspectives --
Civility, patriotism and performance: Cato and the Irish history play / David O'Shaughnessy --
From Ireland to Peru: Arthur Murphy's (anti)-imperial dramaturgy / Bridget Orr --
The provincial commencement of James Field Stanfield / Declan McCormack --
Worlding the village: John O'Keeffe's 'Excentric' pastorals / Helen Burke.
Responsibility: edited by David O'Shaughnessy, Trinity College, Dublin.

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