English 24

Freshman Seminar: Contemporary Irish Theater-The Plays of Brian Friel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
6 Fall 2005 Tracy, Robert
Tracy, Robert
Mon. 3:30-5:30 Unit II Academic Center, room L20

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Friel, B.: Selected Plays (of Brian Friel), Dancing at Lughnasa


Brian Friel (b. 1928) is the most prominent playwright of the contemporary Irish theater, best known for Translations and Dancing at Lughnasa. In a series of innovative plays, he has examined some of the stories the Irish tell themselves about their past and present. He uses the theater to examine issues of role-playing, story-telling, and self-delusion, that is, the nature of theatricality. While he explores Ireland's national and personal myths, Friel is saying something about us all and the parts we cast ourselves in when rehearsing our own dramas. This is a seminar, not a lecture course, so I will expect you all to contribute to discussions. Students will also be paired to lead discussions.

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