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Irish Women Dramatists

Edited by Eileen Kearney and Charlotte Headrick

Paper $34.95s    |    978-0-8156-3375-4    |    2014

ebook 978-0-8156-5292-2

"Arguably the canon of Irish literature and Irish theatre in particular requires not simply expansion but a radical redesign, and this anthology invites readers not only to listen but to consider, to produce, and to challenge the narrative of Irish theatre practice and research. It provides those interested in this task of redesign with a valuable and useful tool."—Irish University Review

"Eileen Kearney and Charlotte Headrick have created the first anthology of Irish women playwrights that is firmly grounded in the history of twentieth-century Irish theater and the social history of modern Ireland. Throughout, the focus is on representing a voice of a people who are scarcely represented on the stage."—John P. Harrington, editor of Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama

"Women characters dominate the Irish stage—yet, for decades, Irish women dramatists have been neglected, ignored and sometimes deliberately marginalised. This wonderful new anthology takes an important step towards addressing and redressing that problem. It celebrates seven great writers, whose dramas display the vitality, virtuosity and variety of Irish women’s playwriting—giving us works that range from comedy to high drama to the deepest tragedy."—Patrick Lonergan, National University of Ireland, Galway

"This landmark anthology significantly extends the boundaries of Irish drama. In these two classic and five contemporary plays by women, resourceful individuals confront their oppressive conditions with a liberating humor and an urge for freedom that is ultimately exhilarating. The informed introduction and helpful notes will promote further study and production of these important plays."—Anthony Roche, University College, Dublin

  Irish Women Dramatists

 Eileen Kearney and Charlotte Headrick
(left to right) Eileen Kearney, Charlotte Headrick
  Eileen Kearney has been a leading Irish theatre scholar and director since the 1980s, when her re-discovering playwright Teresa Deevy prompted years of publishing and lecturing about bringing Irish women playwrights into the limelight. Currently teaching at University of Colorado Denver, she has also taught and directed at Pomona College, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A & M University. Charlotte Headrick is professor of theatre at Oregon State University. She has directed numerous Irish plays and has published widely on Irish drama. Headrick has been a guest director at several colleges and universities directing Irish drama; her work has been seen in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Kentucky, and Indiana.

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