By Helen Heusner Lojek (auth.)
Lojek presents wide research of area in performs by means of dwelling Irish playwrights, utilising functional understandings of staging and the insights of geographers and spatial theorists to drama in an period more and more conscious of space.
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Extra resources for The Spaces of Irish Drama: Stage and Place in Contemporary Plays
For the designation of structures in public ownership . . ”21 Work by both government and private organizations in Ireland indicates a strong and increasing awareness that industrialization is as important as older indications of human impact on the landscape—Ireland is a place of modernism as well as traditionalism. 22 The cosmopolitan influences of the European Union, global communication, and travel have not completely displaced insularity and traditional patterns of belief and behavior. Still, the play’s focus on the construction of houses, roads, and weir represents an awareness of landscape as modified by human construction.
There was a] shift from the philosophy to the science of space, [and] mathematicians, in the modern sense of the word, emerged as the proprietors of a science . . ”38 Lefebvre lays out the challenges resulting from the separation of mathematical space from both mental space and social space and argues for awareness of “social space” as more than geometry. Considered in isolation, he concludes, space is an empty abstraction. Friel’s play begins in a world where mental space and social space are close relatives.
England is consolidating and organizing “its” space, with a clear eye to imposing not only the linguistic unity of a standard language but also unified social and governmental practices. 35 The unstated assumption that urban spaces will inevitably control rural ones is parallel to the unstated assumption that, in drama, rural characters will not represent serious issues. All maps reveal the purposes of their makers—railroad maps, road maps, subway maps, geological survey maps, navigation maps, MapQuest, or the interactive 3D geospatial maps used by today’s militaries and by crews cleaning up oil spills.