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Irish Drama in Poland
Staging and Reception, 1900–2000
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ISBN 9781783206087
Hardback 200 pages
Published July 2016
Imprint: Intellect
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With a foreword by Michael Cronin
Irish Drama in Poland is the first book to broadly assess Irish drama’s impact on both Poland’s theatrical world and its cultural and literary heritage in the twentieth century. With a wide-ranging analysis, from Yeats, Synge, O’Casey, and Behan, to Wilde, Shaw, and Beckett, this engaging study explores the translation, production, and reception of Irish plays in Poland. Barry Keane presents readers with the historical and literary context for each production, allowing readers to understand the many ways Irish theatre has informed Poland’s theatrical and literary heritage. With a foreword by Michael Cronin, Irish Drama in Poland allows readers a more informed understanding of European culture and identity.

Barry Keane is Associate Professor of Translation and Comparative studies at the University of Warsaw. He is the author of acclaimed works on Jan Kochanowski, Anna Stanisławska, and the Skamander Poets.

'This compelling history of the reception of Irish theatre in Poland serves two main purposes: it provides an informed outline of twentieth-century Polish drama and its relationship with foreign (especially Irish) theatre, and it expands our understanding of Irish literature through an external outlook.' – Rachel Clements, New Theatre Quarterly

'During a time in which differences threaten to weaken global communities, a work like Barry Keane’s Irish Drama in Poland is a welcome reminder that in spite of seemingly insurmountable conflicts, more unites than divides. Keane’s comparative study spans a nearly 200 year period in Polish theatre history, where Ireland’s presence was evident in more than just artistic terms. The influence of Irish culture and history makes just as much of an impression as its theatre. Keane painstakingly details the life of the artistic community in Poland, from the “Young Poland” movement of the late nineteenth century to the avant-garde theatre of the 1950s, and beyond. The result is a deceptively dense work in spite of its relatively brief length that transitions from historical background to critical reception.' – Aileen R. Ruane, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies

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