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The evolution of the Gaelic mythos through twentieth-century drama


2006 2006

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In this thesis I will explore the Gaelic mythos as it evolved in Irish drama throughout the twentieth century. I will begin by surveying postcolonial theories of imperialism's effect on culture, drawing comparisons to Ireland's reaction to colonialism. I will then discuss the Celtic Revival movement, as propagated by W. B. Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory and John Millington Synge at the turn of the twentieth century. I will discuss this movement's use of Gaelic folklore and mythology through its drama.

Next, I will consider this mythology's reception by later dramatists, represented by Sean O'Casey and Brian Friel. I will examine these playwrights' reaction to the ideologies of the Celtic Revival as revealed in their plays.

After surveying the history of the Gaelic mythos, I will then investigate the drastic economic and social changes of the last few decades in Ireland. I will question whether the new "Celtic Tiger" Ireland still needs the mythos of the past.

Finally, I will explicate contemporary works by Marina Carr and Martin McDonagh to determine these playwrights' attitudes toward the Gaelic mythos. I expect to find that these contemporary dramatists reject this system of beliefs as inadequate and dangerous for a people whose circumstances are very altered from those of their predecessors.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Theater;
British and Irish literature
Classification
0465: Theater
0593: British and Irish literature
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Language, literature and linguistics; Ireland
Title
The evolution of the Gaelic mythos through twentieth-century drama
Author
McGraw, Kristina Ann
Number of pages
54
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0506
Source
MAI 45/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542798016
Advisor
Davis, K. C.
University/institution
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University location
United States -- Nevada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1436775
ProQuest document ID
304962327
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304962327
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