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Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke

2018

303 pages

ISBN 978-3-319-98330-1

Marina Carr

pastures of the unknown

Melissa Sihra

This book locates the theatre of Marina Carr within a female genealogy that revises the patriarchal origins of modern Irish drama. The creative vision of Lady Augusta Gregory underpins the analysis of Carr’s dramatic vision throughout the volume in order to re-situate the woman artist as central to Irish theatre. For Carr, ‘writing is more about the things you cannot understand than the things you can’, and her evocation of ‘pastures of the unknown’ forms the thematic through-line of thiswork. Lady Gregory’s plays offer an intuitive lineage with Carr which can be identified in their use of language, myth, landscape, women, the transformative power of storytelling and infinite energies of nature and the Otherworld. This book reconnects the severed bridge between Carr and Gregory in order to acknowledge a foundational status for all women in Irish theatre.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98331-8

Full citation [Harvard style]:

Sihra, M. (2018). Marina Carr: pastures of the unknown, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Introduction

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1-38

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Seeking a landscape

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39-72

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Lakes of the night

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73-91

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Topographies of the mind

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93-115

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Writ in the sky

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117-147

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The haunted Kitchen

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149-176

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Psychic terrains

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177-204

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Playing the field

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205-222

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Landscapes of the mind's eye

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223-248

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The nature of playwriting

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249-276

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Conclusion

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277-291

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