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Russell, Richard Rankin

Works: 21 works in 79 publications in 1 language and 4,259 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR6058.E2, 821.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Richard Rankin Russell
Modernity, Community, and Place in Brian Friel's Drama by Richard Rankin Russell( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modernity, Community, and Place in Brian Friel's Drama shows how the leading Irish playwright explores a series of dynamic physical and intellectual environments, charting the impact of modernity on rural culture and on the imagined communities he strives to create between readers, and script, actors and
Seamus Heaney : an introduction by Richard Rankin Russell( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This study will enable readers to gain clearer understanding of the life and major works of Seamus Heaney. It considers literary influences on Heaney, ranging from English poets such as Wordsworth, Hughes, and Auden to Irish poets such as Kavanagh and Yeats to world poets such as Virgil and Dante. It shows how Heaney was closely attuned to poetry's impact on daily life and current events even as he articulated a convincing apologia for poetry's own life and integrity. Discussing Heaney's deep immersion in Irish Catholicism, this book demonstrates how faith influenced his belief system, poetry and politics. Finally, it also considers how deeply Heaney's artistic endeavours were intertwined with politics in Northern Ireland, especially through his embrace of constitutional nationalism but rejection of physical force republicanism."--
Peter Fallon : poet, publisher, editor and translator by Richard Rankin Russell( )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this unique and beautifully produced collection, a stellar line-up of Irish writers pay tribute to the immense contributions made to the literary arts in Ireland and abroad by Irish poet and publisher Peter Fallon. Fallon has run Gallery Press since 1970, publishing hundreds of titles in Irish poetry, drama, and fiction, and, with Timothy Engelland, established Deerfield Press in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Fallon has written many volumes of his own poetry and, with Derek Mahon, he co-edited the influential 1990 collection The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry. Additionally, Fallon
Seamus Heaney's Regions by Richard Rankin Russell( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Regional voices from England, Ireland, and Scotland inspired Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel prize-winner, to become a poet, and his home region of Northern Ireland provided the subject matter for much of his poetry. In his work, Heaney explored, recorded, and preserved both the disappearing agrarian life of his origins and the dramatic rise of sectarianism and the subsequent outbreak of the Northern Irish "Troubles" beginning in the late 1960s. At the same time, Heaney consistently imagined a new region of Northern Ireland where the conflicts that have long beset it and, by extension, the relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom might be synthesized and resolved. Finally, there is a third region Heaney committed himself to explore and map-the spirit region, that world beyond our ken. In Seamus Heaney's Regions, Richard Rankin Russell argues that Heaney's regions-the first, geographic, historical, political, cultural, linguistic; the second, a future where peace, even reconciliation, might one day flourish; the third, the life beyond this one-offer the best entrance into and a unified understanding of Heaney's body of work in poetry, prose, translations, and drama. As Russell shows, Heaney believed in the power of ideas-and the texts representing them-to begin resolving historical divisions. For Russell, Heaney's regionalist poetry contains a "Hegelian synthesis" view of history that imagines potential resolutions to the conflicts that have plagued Ireland and Northern Ireland for centuries. Drawing on extensive archival and primary material by the poet, Seamus Heaney's Regions examines Heaney's work from before his first published poetry volume, Death of a Naturalist in 1966, to his most recent volume, the elegiac Human Chain in 2010, to provide the most comprehensive treatment of the poet's work to date. "Richard Rankin Russell's Seamus Heaney's Regions is a major and original contribution; it is hard to think of another critical work on Heaney that is so complete in its coverage, from the earliest activities to Human Chain. Russell is extremely well-versed in Heaney's writings, and extends his analysis beyond the usual concentration on the poetry to bring in the crucial prose and dramatic works, including the early, largely forgotten items. The breadth of his approach makes his book of interest to scholars in such neighboring fields as social geography, history, and theology as well as contemporary literature."--Bernard O'Donoghue, Wadham College, University of Oxford"--
Bernard MacLaverty by Richard Rankin Russell( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The author of such works as Lamb, Cal, and Grace Notes, Bernard MacLaverty is one of Northern Ireland's leading--and most prolific--contemporary writers. Bringing together leading scholars from a full range of critical perspectives, this is a comprehensive survey of contemporary scholarship on MacLaverty. Covering all of his novels and many of his short stories, the book explores the ways in which the author has grappled with such themes as The Troubles, the Holocaust, Catholicism, and music. Bernard MacLaverty: Critical Readings also includes coverage of the film adaptations of his work"--
Martin McDonagh : a casebook by Richard Rankin Russell( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book represents the first collection of original critical material on Martin McDonagh, one of the most celebrated young playwrights of the last decade. Credited with reinvigorating contemporary Irish drama, his dark, despairing comedies have been performed extensively both on Broadway and in the West End, culminating in an Olivier Award for The Pillowman and an Academy Award for his short film Six Shooter." "In Martin McDonagh: A Casebook, Richard Rankin Russell brings together a variety of theoretical perspectives - from globalisation to the gothic - to survey McDonagh's plays in unprecedented critical depth. Specially commissioned essays cover topics such as identity politics, the shadow of violence and the role of Catholicism in the work of this most precocious of contemporary dramatists."--Jacket
Poetry & peace : Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland by Richard Rankin Russell( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney's lives and careers have been intertwined since the 1960s, when they participated in the Belfast Group of creative writers and later edited the literary journal Northern Review. In Poetry and Peace: Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland, Richard Rankin Russell explores Longley's and Heaney's poetic fidelity to the imagination in the midst of the war in Northern Ireland and their creation, through poetry, of a powerful cultural and sacred space. This space, Russell argues, has contributed to cultural and religious dialog and thus helped enable reconciliation after the years of the Troubles. The first chapter examines the influence of the Belfast Group on Longley and Heaney's shared aesthetic of poetry. Successive chapters analyze major works of both poets. Russell offers close readings of poems in the context of the poets' cultural and political concerns for the province. He concludes by showing how thoroughly their poetic language has entered the cultural, educational, and political discourse of contemporary Northern Ireland as it pursues the process of peace
Ulster unionism's mythic and religious culture in Observe the sons of Ulster by Richard Rankin Russell( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bernard MacLaverty new critical readings( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deprovincializing Brian Friel's Drama in America, 2009 and 2014: Dancing at Lughnasa in Fort Myers, Florida, and Faith Healer in Houston, Texas( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Abstract : While American regional theatre has flourished for decades, hardly any critics with a national profile pay attention to it, but theatre critic Terry Teachout has recently argued that criticism must catch up with this 'deprovincialized' drama, drawing upon his viewing of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa in a memorable 2009 production by the Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers. I tentatively explore through that production of Lughnasa what implications its staging in a locale with a strong Hispanic concentration might have for American theatre and for its growing immigrant population as the United States becomes ever more divided, yet still idealizes plurality and immigration. I then assess the Stark Naked Theatre Company's stirring 2014 production of Faith Healer in Houston, Texas. Actors and local critics mostly neglected Irish aspects of the play – unlike their supposed more enlightened New York critics and audiences, who tend to read Irish drama through outmoded stereotypes – and instead privileged its spiritual qualities and its potential for showcasing theatre as an art form
"The waters return" : myth and mystery in Graham Swift's Waterland by Laura Schrock( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The following chapter will engage Waterland in isolation from Swift's other novels and collection of short stories, not because these texts do not mutually illuminate one another, but because Waterland deserves a treatment of the kind of depth that warrants an extended, concentrated study. That chapter seeks specifically to counter several of the blatant misreadings of the narrator's posture and intent within the novel, and to adequately evaluate that posture and intent as they emerge within the full context of the wealth of literary devices Swift employs, including irony, mythical imagery, and scriptural allusion. The mythical images and allusions that are touched upon by other critics comprise here the central study; close reading, biblical hermeneutics, and specific strains of French feminism will interact to allow for a reengangement of Waterland beyond the exhausted circular terms of deconstructive relativism
Through the lens of the land : changing identity in the novels of Bernard MacLaverty by Jordan Leigh Gibson( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Many critics, like Oona Frawley, believe the land of Ireland has the unique power to connect the collective Irish conscience to the past and is often a rallying cry to garner support for the freedom of Ireland. MacLaverty explores this cultural mindset in Lamb (1980) and Cal (1983) and eventually refutes it as a healthy and effective way for Northern Irish Catholics to identify themselves and find purpose in their lives. Grace Notes (1997), MacLaverty's third novel, eschews the romantic view of the land, and allows Catherine McKenna to explore the possibilities of finding an international identity through her connection with foreign lands although she still finds strength through her connection with the land. Northern Ireland, it seems, could not provide contemporary citizens with a hope and a future; therefore, they must look towards a transnational identity open to outside influence while being rooted in the local landscape
Ekphrasis and ethics in the poetry of W.B. Yeats and Eavan Boland by Bethany J Smith( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This study argues that W.B. Yeats is an important poetic precursor for Eavan Boland, and particularly for her sophisticated engagement with the age-old subgenre of ekphrasis, in which a poem responds to a work of visual art. I explore how both poets explode the boundaries of poetic form and ekphrastic tradition to re-imagine ekphrasis not as an abstract rivalry between modes of representation, but rather as an ethical encounter between the poet and the work of visual art. The openness and fluidity of such encounters for Yeats and Boland affirm the dignity of individuality and re-frame ekphrasis as a mode capable of the aesthetic and ethical creativity necessary to respond to the political and social exigencies of twenty-first century Ireland. For both poets, the aesthetic and ethical possibilities that arise on the boundary of voice and vision parallel the transformative potential of other threshold spaces between public and private life, the city and the country, Ireland and Britain, and even life and death. Despite Boland's outright rejection of Yeats's ideas about a unified Irish nation and cultural tradition, she continues his poetic legacy of exploiting the liminal potential of ekphrasis to re-imagine Ireland as a community bound by common loss rather than by common suffering and injustice. Ekphrasis is a response to suffering, but the work of both poets argues implicitly that a poem does not itself heal the actual wounds of body, mind, or spirit; rather, it mediates the healing process by keeping questions open, resisting the violence of closure. Boland's ekphrasis develops distinctly from Yeats's as it responds to concerns unique to her place as a woman poet, engages the dynamic of empathy between a speaker and a work of art, and explores intensively the relationship between individual and communitas. This study ends by affirming ekphrasis, in its potential for re-imagining aesthetic forms and ethical relationships, as a viable mode for the future of Irish poetry
Subversive pseudo-dialogic : W.B. Yeats's use of the dialogic to present the monologic by Molly V Parris( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The application of Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of the dialogic provides unique insight into the poetry and plays of W.B. Yeats. Though this early twentieth century Irish writer favored poetry over the novel form on which Bakhtin based his studies, his compositions can be better understood and his intentions further elucidated in light of Bakhtin's explanations of dialogic and monologic writing. Yeats often employs the form of dialogue, but the external dialogic form conceals a monologic discourse that states a truth on which the author has already decided. The form nevertheless serves to strengthen the poet and playwright's words by endowing them with the rhetorical strength of a conclusive truth resulting from a true dialogic pursuit
Between reality and mystery : food as fact and symbol in plays by Ibsen and Churchill by Stephanie Pocock Boeninger( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In Henrik Ibsen's and Caryl Churchill's plays, food is both fact and symbol, a reminder of both the shared physicality of the actors and spectators and of an equally powerful human desire for symbolic significance. This thesis examines the depictions of both facets of human consumption in Ibsen's A Doll House and The Wild Duck and Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. By emphasizing the physical hunger and subsequent fulfillment of their characters, the playwrights draw audience and actors together in a community based on the recognition of shared human needs and experiences. Simultaneously, by exploring the variety of symbolic understandings that give those experiences meaning, they create unpredictability, individuality, and creativity. Through this balance, Ibsen and Churchill demonstrate the potential of theatre to construct a site where communities of actors and spectators can continually re-examine the dynamic space between reality and mystery
"More attachment to life & larger" : Orlando and Woolf's theories of fiction by Kat Adams( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

While Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando (1928) is often considered a light, autobiographical fantasy, it in fact is the summation and execution of Woolf's theories of fiction as expressed in her critical and non-fiction essays. Considering such essays as : "Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown" (1924), "Modern Fiction" (1925), "How Should One Read a Book?" (1926), and A Room of One's Own (1928), Orlando is a model for the ideal reader and writer, and embodies Woolf's criticism of the Victorian novelists before her
Seeing with a myriad eyes : contemporary Northern Irish literature and identity by Richard Rankin Russell( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Augustinian Auden : the influence of Augustine of Hippo on W.H. Auden by Stephen J Schuler( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

It is widely acknowledged that W.H. Auden became a Christian in about 1940, but relatively little critical attention has been paid to Aude's theology, much less to the particular theological sources of Auden's faith. Auden read widely in theology, and one of his earliest and most important theological influences on his poetry and prose is Saint Augustine of Hippo. This dissertation explains the Augustinian origin of several crucial but often misunderstood features of Auden's work. They are, briefly, the nature of evil as privation of good; the affirmation of all existence, and especially the physical world and the human body, as intrinsically good; the difficult aspiration to the fusion of Eros and agape in the concept of Christian charity; and the status of poetry as subject to both aesthetic and moral criteria. Auden had already been attracted to similar ideas in Lawrence, Blake, Freud, and Marx, but those thinkers' common insistence on the importance of physical existence took on new significance with Auden's acceptance of the Incarnation as an historical reality. For both Auden and Augustine, the Incarnation was proof that the physical world is redeemable. Auden recognized that if neither the physical world nor the human body are intrinsically evil, then the physical desires of the body, such as Eros, the self-interested survival instinct, cannot in themselves be intrinsically evil. The conflict between Eros and agape, or altruistic love, is not a Manichean struggle of darkness against light, but a struggle for appropriate placement in a hierarchy of values, and Auden derived several ideas about Christian charity from Augustine. Augustine's influence was largely conscious on Auden's part, though it was often indirect as well. Auden absorbed important Augustinian ideas through modern sources such as Charles Williams, Charles Norris Cochrane, and Denis de Rougemont, although he was himself an observant and incisive reader of Augustine's major works, especially the Confessions. This dissertation demonstrates that the works and ideas of Augustine are a deep and significant influence on Auden's prose and poetry, and especially on his long poems
The "proper stuff" of biography : Woolf and the problem of the other in Jacob's Room and Orlando by Logan Wiedenfeld( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In the following thesis, I will examine Virginia Woolf's often contentious views concerning the theory and execution of biography. By focusing on the epistemology adumbrated in her essays and fiction, I will argue that the problem of biography, particularly the inability of the biographer to truly "know" the biographee, as is handedly demonstrated in the novel Jacob's Room, is for Woolf intractable. Her only solution is to introduce the foreign and ultimately destructive element of fiction; for it is only by means of fiction, Woolf contends, that the biographer can approximate the unwieldy and evanescent kind of "life" the biography purports to illuminate. However, the introduction of fiction into the fact-grounded biography brings with it its own set of epistemological problems, namely, the superimposition of the biographer's own sense of life onto that of the biographee, thus adulterating the biography with traces of autobiography
Black passage(s) through white spaces : uses of masking by Faulkner's characters of color in Go down, Moses by Richard Rankin Russell( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Rankin Russell, Richard 1972-

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