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Opening up New Horizons in the Criticism of Martin McDonagh: Through Intertexts and His Irishness Represented in The Connemara Trilogy

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2007, 20(2), pp.181-210
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama

Joo-young Cho 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

Jun, JoontaekFor the past decade, Martin McDonagh has been noted for his examination of fragments of a stultified Irish rural society and his stylistic indebtedness to Hollywood thrillers. For this reason literary critics have failed to locate his plays within a single dramatic tradition and theatre critics have simply read his plays as "Synge Meets Tarantino." Furthermore, the contradictions between his Irish origins and his rootedness in London have led critics to shape their responses in terms of those apparent tensions, in spite of the playwright's disinterest in questions of nationalism. This article aims to critically reassess Mcdonagh's work outside of these constraints. In general his narratives come from the dramatic literature of the past but his dramatic technique owed much to the cinematic language of auteurs such as Quentin Tarantino. This postmodern approach has been criticized in relation to his Irishness, but the reaction in England and Ireland were quite different. To remedy this peculiar situation this paper also aims to offer some means to overcome the dilemma that the third generation of Irish dramatists face opening up new horizons in the criticism of Martin McDonagh.

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