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Political Acts
Women in Northern Irish Theatre, 1921–2012

Fiona Coffey

Hardcover $65.00L    |    978-0-8156-3490-4    |    2016

Paper $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3475-1    |    2016

ebook 978-0-8156-5388-2

A social history of women in Northern Irish theatre, examining how sectarian conflict and the ensuing peace process have affected women’s political voice.

"Fiona Coleman Coffey’s Political Acts: Women in Northern Irish Theatre, 1921–2012 celebrates almost a century of women’s writing and practice in Northern Ireland and is a welcome and timely addition to the canon."—Modern Drama

"Ultimately, Political Acts is a detailed and long overdue discussion of the importance of women within Northern theatre, and as such it adds immeasurably to this area of scholarship."—Irish Studies Review

"The definitive account of women in the Irish theatre of the North from Alice Mulligan through Shannon Yee... The politics of violence in Northern Ireland and the innovation of women artists there together allow Coffey to define dynamics of public performance that add to the history of theatre in Ireland and also to the history of public performance in centers of social conflict."—John P. Harrington, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Fordham University

"A genuinely new and significant contribution to Irish theater history. . . . No other monograph out there that does what this book does, which is to provide a comprehensive and contextualized history of contemporary women’s contributions to theater in Northern Ireland."—Susan Cannon Harris, author of Gender and Modern Irish Drama

  Polical Acts

  Fiona Coffey holds a BA from Stanford University, a MPhil from Trinity College, Dublin, and a PhD from Tufts University. She teaches theatre history and Irish cultural studies.

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