She analyzes the work of those like John Millington Synge
, James Joyce, Brian Friel, Conor McPherson, Tom Murphy, Edna O'Brien, Joseph O'Connor, William Trevor, Roddy Doyle, and Colum McCann, along with earlier literature with the same themes.
Yeats and John Millington Synge
are, predictably, major presences in the early chapters, though disappointingly the plays of Lady Gregory are set aside.
Thus, the Abbey Theatre protests of 1907 against John Millington Synge
's Playboy of the Western World have gotten disproportionate notice in academic histories, much in excess of what they were accorded at the time.
James Joyce, John Millington Synge
, George Bernard Shaw, George Moore and Samuel Beckett loom over London Irish Fictions, as they do over so much twentieth-century writing, haunting yet also making possible the more recent work discussed here.
cummings' Him, Beckett's Waiting for Godot, works by Gertrude Stein staged by the Wooster Group, John Millington Synge
's The Playboy of the Western World, Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and the work of Jane Harrison.
There is neither the nakedness of real language nor the poetry of Walsh's idol, John Millington Synge
. Walsh's characters have not kissed the Blarney Stone, but only waved a hand at it.
Go home, said George Moore to John Millington Synge
, Go home.
I hear his foot on the step, Please God and His Holy Mother, He'll be drunk to fall off straight, and leave me in peace in me bed of sorrows." To all scholars of John Millington Synge
, 1871-1909, apologies.
Another enigmatic Celt is John Millington Synge
and Risco Aguero describes him "as a good Irishman, as a perfect example of someone from western culture, Synge is decidedly a Romantic, and as such, he hates our artificial, enslaving civilisation.
Ghost Light is loosely based on the lives of Irish actress Maire O'Neill (Molly Allgood) and her lover, playwright John Millington Synge
Monahan devotes an especially interesting chapter to Brian Desmond Hurst's film treatment of John Millington Synge
's plays, including Riders to the Sea and Playboy of the Western World, each of which premiered at the Abbey Theatre.
John Millington Synge
, in the Aran Islands off of western Ireland (1890s), also left a fin-de-siecle phase and found a linguistic "laboratory," a repository of ancient mythology and life-experience that combined to create a literary form blending comedy, tragedy, myth, realism, and irony.