The People: Race and Class on the Contemporary Irish Stage

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Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan note the perception that “recent transformations in Ireland have resulted in an explosion of new forms and ways of being ‘Irish,’” producing “a more liberal, cosmopolitan and diverse society [… that is] a far cry from [… the country’s] Catholic and rural past.” In this changed society, however, historical forms of racism and classism persist. This chapter prioritizes the intersectionality of class and ethnicity/race in highlighting some instances of how these matters have been dealt with in recent Irish drama since the 1990s. Its reading of plays by Donal O’Kelly, Roddy Doyle, Brian Campbell, Ursula Rani Sarma, Ken Harmon, Dermot Bolger, Vincent Higgins, Jim O’Hanlon, Martin Lynch, Bisi Adigun, Charlie O’Neill, Mirjana Rendulic, and Rosaleen McDonagh suggests how those who write from the subject positions of marginalized minorities have challenged too commonly simplistic, melodramatic, or assimilationist treatments of those communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Irish Studies: Twenty-First-Century Critical Revisions, ed. by Paige Reynolds (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2020


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