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The Urban Plays of the Early Abbey Theatre
Beyond O’Casey

Elizabeth Mannion

Cloth $34.95s    |    978-0-8156-3367-9    |    2014

ebook 978-0-8156-5304-2


"The first book-length study to explore a subgenre of the early Abbey stage that has remained in the shadow of peasant dramas set in rural Ireland."—English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920

"No matter how long you have been working on Irish revival drama, this book will most likely challenge your understanding of it. . . . You will soon come to understand why the kind of local project in which Mannion is engaged is a necessary counterpart to more ‘global’ readings of the Irish revival. . . . Mannion’s carefully researched and comprehensive history of this minor but significant segment of the Abbey’s repertoire introduces us to an exciting body of dramatic work and demonstrates how and why the neglect of the Abbey’s urban plays has skewed dominant narratives about the Abbey Theatre and its audiences."—Susan Cannon Harris, Modern Drama

"A valuable contribution . . . presenting the Abbey as a theatre that had a varied and shifting relationship with its immediate environment, and which became involved in debates about the city’s socio-economic concerns, public events, and historical figures."—James Moran, Studies in Theatre and Performance

"Mannion’s valuable study reasserts the importance of a theatre responsive to such conditions [as urban poverty and workers’ rights] and, in the process, adds much-needed substance to this heretofore slim chapter in Irish theatre history."—Stephan Watt, Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies

"This book significantly adds to the narrative of twentieth century Irish drama, providing the ‘missing chapter’ of the Abbey Theatre’s early history."—Nelson O’Ceallaigh Ritschel, author of Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation

  The Urban Plays of the Early Abbey Theatre

  Elizabeth Mannion earned her PhD at Trinity College, Dublin. Her research and teaching cover an interdisciplinary range of Irish studies, from modern drama to crime fiction. She is the editor of The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel.

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6 x 9, 264 pages, 5 black-and-white illustrations, appendixes, notes, bibliography, index

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