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Grene, Nicholas

Works: 64 works in 353 publications in 1 language and 11,703 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Didactic drama  Records and correspondence  Biography  Scripts  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, Contributor
Classifications: PR5363, 822.912
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Most widely held works about Nicholas Grene
Most widely held works by Nicholas Grene
The politics of Irish drama : plays in context from Boucicault to Friel by Nicholas Grene( )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 2,541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book Nicholas Grene explores political contexts for some of the outstanding Irish plays from the nineteenth century to the contemporary period. The politics of Irish drama have previously been considered primarily the politics of national self-expression. Here it is argued that Irish plays, in their self-conscious representation of the otherness of Ireland, are outwardly directed towards audiences both at home and abroad. The political dynamics of such relations between plays and audiences is the book's multiple subject: the stage interpretation of Ireland from The Shaughraun to Translations; the contentious stage images of Yeats, Gregory and Synge; reactions to revolution from O'Casey to Behan; the post-colonial worlds of Purgatory and All that Fall; the imagined Irelands of Friel and Murphy, McGuinness and Barry. With its fundamental reconception of the politics of Irish drama, this book represents an alternative view of the phenomenon of Irish drama itself
Yeats's poetic codes by Nicholas Grene( )

16 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nicholas Grene explores Yeats's poetic codes of practice, the key words and habits of speech that shape the reading experience of his poetry. Where previous studies have sought to decode his work, expounding its symbolic meanings by references to Yeats's occult beliefs, philosophical ideas or political ideology, the focus here is on his poetic technique, its typical forms and their implications for the understanding of the poems."--Jacket
Synge : a critical study of the plays by Nicholas Grene( Book )

26 editions published between 1975 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare, Jonson, Molière, the comic contract by Nicholas Grene( Book )

17 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The relation of the comedian to his audience through the comparison of individual works by the three comic playwrights of the seventeenth century
Bernard Shaw, a critical view by Nicholas Grene( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's tragic imagination by Nicholas Grene( Book )

31 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The world of Macbeth, with its absolutes of good and evil, seems very remote from the shifting perspectives of Antony and Cleopatra, or the psychological and political realities of Coriolanus. Yet all three plays share similar thematic concerns and preoccupations: the relation of power to legitimating authority, for instance, or of male and female roles in the imagination of (male) heroic endeavour." "In the acclaimed study, Nicholas Grene shows how all nine plays written in Shakespeare's main tragic period display this combination of strikingly different milieu balanced by thematic interrelationships. Taking the English history play as his starting point, he argues that Shakespeare established two different modes of imagining: the one mythic and visionary, the other sceptical and analytic. In the tragic plays that followed, themes and situations are dramatised, alternately, in sacred and secular worlds. A chapter is devoted to each tragedy, but with a continuing awareness of companion plays: the analysis of Julius Caesar informing that of Hamlet, discussion of Troilus and Cressida counterpointed by the critique of Othello and the treatment of King Lear growing out form the limitations of Timon of Athens. The aim is to resist homogenising the plays but to recognise and explore the unique imaginative enterprise from which they arose."--Jacket
Irish drama : local and global perspectives( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the late 1970s there has been a marked internationalization of Irish drama, with individual plays, playwrights, and theatrical companies establishing newly global reputations. This book reflects upon these developments, drawing together leading scholars and playwrights to consider the consequences that arise when Irish theatre travels abroad. Essays discuss some of Ireland's major theatre companies -- Druid, the Abbey Theatre, Rough Magic, Blue Raincoat, Field Day and others -- while also exploring the presence of Irish drama in the UK, the USA, Germany, and throughout Ireland. The volume also presents the views of key playwrights, featuring essays by Elizabeth Kuti and Ursula Raniu Sarma, and including a new interview with Enda Walsh--Back cover
The well of the saints by J. M Synge( Book )

9 editions published between 1900 and 1982 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set near a holy well known for its cures of blindness and epilepsy and centres on the figure of Martin Doul, who is blind and has two illusions - the first, that he and his wife Mary are a handsome couple and the second, that the visible world is full of wonder and delight
Shakespeare's serial history plays by Nicholas Grene( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text provides a re-reading of two sequences of English history plays, Henry VI-Richard III & Richard II-Henry V. Reconsidering the sources & staging practices of Shakespeare's time, it argues that they were designed for serial performance
Tradition and influence in Anglo-Irish poetry by Terence Brown( Book )

16 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays presenting an "insider" view of the Irish poetic tradition. It brings together some of the best-known poets and critics writing in Ireland today, exploring the multiple traditions and influences within Anglo-Irish poetry from the 19th century to the present
Home on the stage : domestic spaces in modern drama by Nicholas Grene( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As a serious drama set in an ordinary middle-class home, Ibsen's A Doll's House established a new politics of the interior that was to have a lasting impact upon twentieth-century drama. In this innovative study, Nicholas Grene traces the changing forms of the home on the stage through nine of the greatest of modern plays and playwrights. From Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard through to Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, domestic spaces and personal crises have been employed to express wider social conditions and themes of class, gender and family. In the later twentieth century and beyond, the most radically experimental dramatists created their own challenging theatrical interiors, including Beckett in Endgame, Pinter in The Homecoming and Parks in Topdog/Underdog. Grene analyses the full significance of these versions of domestic spaces to offer fresh insights into the portrayal of the naturalistic environment in modern drama"--Résumé de l'éditeur
Pygmalion : a romance in five acts by Bernard Shaw( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toneeltekst over een professor in de klankleer die getroffen wordt door de spraak van een bloemenverkoopstertje
Synge and Edwardian Ireland( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text uses JM Synge's plays, prose, and photography to explore the cultural life of Edwardian Ireland. By emphasizing less familiar contexts, including the rise of a local celebrity culture, the arts and crafts movement, and Irish classical music, it shows how Irish folk culture intersected with the new networks of mass communication
Shaw, Lady Gregory, and the Abbey : a correspondence and a record by Bernard Shaw( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bernard Shaw, who made his international reputation as a playwright in London, and Augusta Gregory, founder-director of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, are generally considered as belonging to different theatrical traditions. But in 1909, when the Abbey produced The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet, which had been banned in England, there began a close involvement of Shaw with Irish theatre and a warm personal relationship with Lady Gregory." "The complete surviving correspondence between the two, published for the first time, reveals their developing relationship: the battle with Dublin Castle over Blanco; Shaw's support for Lady Gregory in the rows over Synge's Playboy in America; the controversy with military authorities over O'Flaherty V. C., written for the Abbey in 1915; the lively exchange of views on Ireland, politics, the Hugh Lane pictures, the schooling of the Gregory grandchildren; which ended only with Lady Gregory's death in 1932." "Drawing upon letters to and from other correspondents, diaries and engagement books, private memoranda, newspaper reports, and press releases, the editors have enlarged the correspondence into a comprehensive record of Shaw's important and previously unrecognised contribution to the Irish theatre. Shaw and Lady Gregory's crisp, witty and informal letters, in the context of their joint commitment to the Abbey, make the book rewarding reading for all those with an interest in the theatre."--BOOK JACKET
The Oxford handbook of modern Irish theatre by Nicholas Grene( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford handbook of modern Irish theatre' provides the single most comprehensive survey of the field to be found in a single volume. Drawing on more than forty contributors from around the world, the book addresses a full range of topics relating to modern Irish theatre from the late nineteenth-century theatre to the most recent works of postdramatic devised theatre. Ireland has long had an importance in the world of theatre out of all proportion to the size of the country, and has been home to four Nobel Laureates (Yeats, Shaw, and Beckett; Seamus Heaney, while primarily a poet, also wrote for the stage). This collection begins with the influence of melodrama, looks at arguably the first modern Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde, before moving into a series of considerations of the Abbey Theatre, and Irish modernism. Arranged chronologically, it explores areas such as women in theatre, Irish-language theatre, and alternative theatres, before reaching the major writers of more recent Irish theatre, including Brian Friel and Tom Murphy, and their successors. There are also individual chapters focusing on Beckett and Shaw, as well as a series of chapters looking at design, acting and theatre architecture. The book concludes with an extended survey of the critical literature on the field. In each chapter, the author does not simply rehearse accepted wisdom; all of the authors push the boundaries of their respective fields, so that each chapter is a significant contribution to scholarship in its own right
Interpreting Synge : essays from the Synge Summer School, 1991-2000 by Nicholas Grene( Book )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Millington Synge, controversial in his own time and long established as a major figure of world theatre, has nonetheless suffered relative critical neglect. Where his great contemporaries Yeats and Joyce and his outstanding successor Beckett have attracted whole industries of scholarly attention, Synge, by reason of his short life and limited output, has been relegated to the unconsidered category of minor classic. This volume of essays, arising from lectures given at the Synge Summer School by some of the most distinguished writers and scholars of Irish literature, sets about the ne
Major Barbara by Bernard Shaw( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Major Barbara, Bernard Shaw's story of the conversion contest between the arms manufacturer Andrew Undershaft and his daughter, the Salvation Army Major, is a provocative dramatization of the relationship between money, power, and moral purpose. A landmark in the history of British theatre when first produced at the Royal Court in 1905, it remains strikingly relevant today, when recent history has repeatedly highlighted the power of the arms industry in shaping government policy, and globalization has accentuated the political and ethical issues of social welfare and international capital raised by the play." "This edition includes Shaw's definitive text and provides the most comprehensive scholarly treatment of the play to date. A lengthy introduction traces the history of the text from manuscript drafts to the famous 1941 wartime film version starring Wendy Hiller and Rex Harrison and on to modern stagings. It reveals Major Barbara as one of Shaw's most exciting and challenging plays for actors, directors, and readers."--B
Irish theatre on tour( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Talking about Tom Murphy( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interactions : Dublin Theatre Festival, 1957-2007 by Nicholas Grene( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An especially valuable feature of the volume, also, is a complete listing of the shows that have appeared at the Festival from 1957 to 2008"--Jacket
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The politics of Irish drama : plays in context from Boucicault to Friel
Yeats's poetic codesShakespeare's tragic imaginationShakespeare's serial history playsTradition and influence in Anglo-Irish poetryPygmalion : a romance in five actsShaw, Lady Gregory, and the Abbey : a correspondence and a recordInterpreting Synge : essays from the Synge Summer School, 1991-2000Major Barbara
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