The Irish Theatre: At the Crossroads of Traditions (Le Théâtre irlandais : au carrefour des traditions) (1/14/05; journal issue)
(Voir aussi le texte français ci-après.)
**Please note that submissions will be accepted in both English and French**
L’Annuaire théâtral is a peer-reviewed journal founded in 1985, and published twice a year by the Centre de recherches en civilisation canadienne-française at the University of Ottawa, and La Société québécoise des études théâtrales. It was dedicated from its founding to the theatrical arts, broadly defined: that is, theatre, dance, circus, pageant, radio drama, etc. In 2001, the journal began its collaboration with the CRCCF and SQET, introducing a focus on French-Canadian culture and its interactions with other world cultures. Now, in response to high-visibility productions of Irish plays in translation in Paris and Montréal, as well as the emergence of a new generation of playwrights whose work tours internationally, L’Annuaire Théâtral is devoting its Spring 2005 issue to the contemporary Irish theatre.
Ireland is a meeting place between North American, Anglophone, and continental European cultures. The Abbey Theatre, celebrating its centenary this year, deliberately engaged with continental European models from its inception, as its centenary programming of work from the New Europe recalls. Synge’s debt to Ibsen and Yeats’s relationship with French symbolism are well known, as is the influential presence of Irish playwrights such as Sheridan, Farquhar, Goldsmith, Wilde and Shaw in the British canon. The Irish theatre was born from a multiplicity of influences and aesthetics. Now the flow of cultural and aesthetic influences seems to be reversed, with Irish artists exploring the obsolescence of the nation-state and nationalism, as well as the cultural and social implications of European federalization and integration, replacing introspection with aesthetic experimentation.
This issue focuses on the Irish theatre since 1973, the year Ireland joined the European Economic Community (EEC). Now ranked the most “globalized” economy in the world, and enjoying the second highest income per capita in the European Union, it can hardly be coincidence that a new generation of playwrights emerged in a post-1973 context. The editors are particularly – though not exclusively – interested in papers that think outside axioms of nationalist discourse or identity politics. Explorations of the connections this new generation of playwrights is forging internationally with audiences and practitioners, or articles that will help present a practice and a theatrical institution for the first time to a French Canadian readership with few reference points, are particularly welcome.
Possible topics include
Uses of language / dialect / invented and poeticized languages
The notion of canonicity in the contemporary Irish context
Studies in reception (réception critique)
Comparative analysis, particularly with francophone canons and repertories
Aesthetic links to be made between Irish and other contemporary practices throughout the Western world, but in particular, French speaking Canada
Translations of Irish scripts into other languages
Avant-garde productions of seminal texts from the Irish canon, particularly those that open new perspectives on known plays
Articles will be accepted in both French and English. Closing date for submissions is Friday, January 14th 2005. Articles may be submitted by email or hard copies may be mailed the editors.
Style sheets are available by email from either of the editors.
Questions may be addressed and articles mailed to:
Dr. Joël Beddows,
Departement de théâtre,
135, rue Séraphin-Marion
Ottawa (ON) K1N 7N5, Canada
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