|About the Book|
In this literary companion, Kopper includes excellent chapters devoted to (1) brief biography and chronology, (2) Synges prose, (3) each of his six plays, (4) poems, (5) use of Christian and pagan motifs, (6) use of Irish mythology, (7) literaryMoreIn this literary companion, Kopper includes excellent chapters devoted to (1) brief biography and chronology, (2) Synges prose, (3) each of his six plays, (4) poems, (5) use of Christian and pagan motifs, (6) use of Irish mythology, (7) literary influences on Synge, (8) Synges relationship to the Irish Literary Renaissance, (9) Synges language of women, (10) his use of language generally, and (11) an assessment of Synges achievement. In addition, Kopper includes a superb select bibliography- a detailed list (with annotation) of characters, locales, and motifs- and stage histories of Synges plays. . . . Strongly recommended all libraries--academic and public--maintaining 20th-century Anglo-Irish literature collections or general drama/theater collections. ChoiceThis companion to Synges work covers the important issues in Synge criticism from about 1900 to the present day. Each essay includes a bibliography, and a general bibliography follows. Also included are a brief chronology- a glossary of characters, locales, and motifs- and representative stage histories which also describe productions of Synges plays in Ireland, the United States, and several other countries. The final essay is the editors assessment of Synges overall contribution, and the volume concludes with a general index. This work takes into account the prominence that Synge and other writers of the Irish Renaissance have attained in recent years in the worldwide academic community. The essays deal with Synges use of language, his place in the Irish Renaissance, his reputation abroad, the forces that influenced his thought and writing, and the foreign productions of his plays. Each essay supplements the authors analysis with bibliographical citations and a synthesis of previous Synge criticism in order to allow for further research.By combining thorough coverage of the basic issues and sources of Synge criticism with fresh approaches provided by a group of distinguished scholars, Kopper has produced an important study of Synge and his milieu. It should prove valuable for college and university courses in modern literature and the Irish Renaissance, modern drama, and the theatre.