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Irish Theater in America
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For more than 150 years, Irish playwrights, beginning with Dion Boucicault, have been celebrated by American audiences. However, Irish theater as represented on the American stage is merely a sampling of the national drama, and the underlying causes of Irish dramatic success in America illuminate the cultural state of both countries at specific historical moments. Irish Theater in America is the first book devoted entirely to the long history of this transatlantic exchange. Born out of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora project, this collection brings together leading American and Irish scholars with established theater critics. The contributors explore the history of Irish theater in America, from Harrigan and Hart to the recent productions of senior Irish playwrights such as Brian Friel and younger writers such as Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson. Examining the complexity of the relationship between Irish theater and American audiences, this volume goes beyond analyses of plays to include examinations of company dynamics, tours of companies and actors, audience reception, and the production history of individual works.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xix
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  1. Title Page
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  1. 1. Harrigan, Hart, and Braham: Irish America and the Birth of the American Musical
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. From Scapegrace to Grásta: Popular Attitudes and Stereotypes in Irish American Drama
  2. pp. 19-37
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  1. 3. Ireland Rearranged: Contemporary Irish Drama and the Irish American Stage
  2. pp. 38-53
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  1. 4. Between Two Worlds Boucicault's: The Shaughraun and Its New York Audience
  2. pp. 54-65
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  1. 5. Reporting the Stage Irishman: Dion Boucicault in the Irish Press
  2. pp. 66-77
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  1. 6. Kilkenny, Melbourne, New York: George Tallis and the Irish Theatrical Diaspora
  2. pp. 78-92
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  1. 7. The Abbey, Its "Helpers," and the Field of Cultural Production in 1913
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. 8. Mac Liammóir's The Importance of Being Oscar in America
  2. pp. 103-113
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  1. 9. Beckett and America
  2. pp. 114-123
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  1. 10. Another Look at Those "Three Bollocks in a Cell": Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and the Shackles of History
  2. pp. 124-137
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  1. 11. Faith Healer in New York and Dublin
  2. pp. 138-146
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  1. 12. "Dancing on a One-Way Street": Irish Reactions to Dancing at Lughnasain New York
  2. pp. 147-162
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  1. 13. "The Irish Play": Beyond the Generic?
  2. pp. 163-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-194
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 195-203
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 205-226
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