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Modernity, Community, and Place in Brian Friel’s Drama

Richard Rankin Russell

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3331-0    |    2013

ebook 978-0-8156-5234-2

"The methodology employed involves a variety of theories and philosophical perspectives, but the prose is always clear and never convoluted in an examination of Friel’s plays that is grounded in significant scholarship."—Contemporary Theatre Review

"This study is a significant contribution to the current body of work on the influence of place in Irish writing. It treats Friel’s theory of drama through explorations of real and imaginative places and the choice of "harvest time" in which important action occurs."—Choice

"Modernity, Community and Place in Brian Friel’s Drama succeeds in breaking new critical ground and appears as a most timely and thorough engagement with its topics."—Estudios Irlandeses

"In this book Richard Russell has given us a series of brilliant, close readings of Friel’s most canonical plays. It must be among the most satisfying interpretations these complex works have received to date."—Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review

"An in-depth and extensive exploration of place in some of the most important plays in the Irish theatrical canon and as such provides an important contribution to Friel studies."—Irish Studies Review

"Russell’s book does makes astute observations about the richness and strength of Friel’s theater drawn from a wide variety of topographies in different lights to reflect a range of communities and connections that emerge. The book is a thoughtful and stimulating read of Friel’s most canonical plays, capturing the changes from traditional kinds of communities to other possibilities of community."—Comparative Drama

"A deeply thoughtful, comprehensively informed study of the greatest living playwright of the English-speaking world. From now on, anyone who wants to write about Brian Friel will need to take this book into account."—Terry Teachout, drama critic, the Wall Street Journal

"Modernity, Community, and Place in Brian Friel’s Drama is written by a scholar with keen insight into contemporary Irish and Northern Irish culture. . . . His evocative readings of such plays as Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Faith Healer, and The Freedom of the City have significantly revised my understanding of this distinguished body of drama. Simply put, it’s a terrific book."—Stephen Watt, author of Beckett and Contemporary Irish Writing

  Modernity, Community, and Place in Brian Friels Drama

  Richard Rankin Russell is professor of Irish and British literature at Baylor University. He is the editor and author of numerous books, including Poetry and Peace: Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland.

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