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Tragedy and Irish Literature

Synge, O'Casey, Beckett

Tragedy and Irish Literature by Ronan McDonald
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In Tragedy and Irish Literature, McDonald considers the culture of suffering, loss, and guilt in the work of J.M. Synge, Sean O'Casey and Samuel Beckett. He applies external ideas of tragedy to the three dramatists and also discerns particular sorts of tragedy within their own work. While alert to the real differences between the three writers, the book also traces common themes and preoccupations. It identifies a conflict between form and content, between heightened language and debased reality as the hallmark of Irish tragedy.
Palgrave Macmillan; December 2001
215 pages; ISBN 9781403913654
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Title: Tragedy and Irish Literature
Author: Ronan McDonald