Irish University Review: a journal of Irish Studies

Irish University Review: a journal of Irish Studies is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, Spring-Summer

Advice to the Players (and the Historians): The Metatheatricality of McGuinness's Mutabilitie
Sometime in the twelfth or thirteenth century BC, there may have been a war that inspired a wealth of classical literature. Unlike their nineteenth-century counterparts, contemporary historians now believe that the Trojan War actually took place. Whatever...
An Interview with Frank McGuinness
I'd like to start with Donegal, where you were born and reared. It's a border county in two senses: it's part in a way of the North of Ireland but it's also part of the South. And in a way it's a place all on its own. I wanted to ask you about coming...
An Irish Writer and Europe, 1999-2009
A decade is a dangerous divide. It is when one takes stock, and who knows what may emerge? What I try to do in this article is give some shape to my writing in the ten years since 1999--where I was coming from, where I went, where I think I am going....
Brushing History against the Grain: The Renaissance Plays of Frank McGuinness
Although a medievalist by training, Frank McGuinness is peculiarly attracted to the Renaissance. Outside of the twentieth century, the historical period towards which he has gravitated most often is the early modern one. Innocence telescopes the early...
Coming Out: McGuinness's Dramaturgy and Queer Resistance
The most consistent trope in Frank McGuinness's playwriting is the placement of a gay or lesbian character in the central role as the dramatic protagonist. Whether reliving the events of World War One in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards...
Eggs De Valera: Reflections on Dolly West's Kitchen and Dancing at Lughnasa
The egg means a new germ, a new life possibility. That's why at Easter and in all Spring festivals eggs symbolize the renewal and the possibility of new life. If you think of the many cosmogonic myths where the egg is the beginning of the world, it...
Frank McGuinness's Dark Masque: Speaking like Magpies (2005)
I Frank McGuinness's Speaking Like Magpies (2005) was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and originally written as part of the 2005 Gunpowder Season (1) to commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605....
In the Wings: The Poetry of Frank McGuinness
How difficult is it for a dramatist to exchange the expansive world of the stage for the compressed platform of the page, to give up the theatrical possibilities of characterization and action for the linguistic compression of the poem? Frank McGuinness...
Introduction: Celebrating with Frank McGuinness
This year, the Irish University Review celebrates its fortieth anniversary. Established in 1970 by Maurice Harmon in University College Dublin, it built upon the foundations laid in a previous journal, the University Review (1954-1968), the organ of...
Joyce, Yeats and the Bird Sanctuary
'You can work spells with dead flowers, did you know that?' Frank McGuinness, Carthaginians (1988) By way of introduction, a few general comments will be in order before concentrating on the text of that little-noticed play, The Bird Sanctuary....
Letters from Frank: A Playwright Reflects on His Work
In the late 1970s, Frank McGuinness was editing fiction for Wolfhound Press, beginning to publish his own work on the New Irish Writing page of the Irish Press, and doing some teaching at University College Dublin (where he had received a MPhil in...
List of Books Received
Boran, Pat (editor), Flowing, Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry. Dublin: Dedalus, 2009. 195. EUR 16.00 (paperback). Bourke, Eva and Borbala Farago (editors), Landing Places: Immigrant Poets in Ireland. Dublin: Dedalus, 2010. 242. EUR 14.99 (paperback)....
Mutabilitie: In Search of Shakespeare
'Others abide our question, thou art free', declares Matthew Arnold in his great sonnet to Shakespeare. 'Free, indeed', would seem to be Frank McGuinness's response, 'but tantalizingly, infuriatingly elusive'. McGuinness's 'Foreword' to Shakespeare...
The Frank McGuinness Archive, UCD Special Collections
Introduction Frank McGuinness has deposited, on permanent loan during his lifetime, 289 folders of material in UCD Library Special Collections. This is an ongoing deposit, beginning in 1998. The most recent set of material was deposited in January...
The Tyranny of Memory: Remembering the Great War in Frank McGuinness's Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme
First produced at the Peacock Theatre in 1985, Frank McGuinness's Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, has gone on to become an iconic First World War play, and has had several landmark productions, not least of which was when its...
Till Death Do Us Part: Communion, Alchemy, and Endings in the Work of Frank McGuinness
A Type of Death A dramatic ending is usually a point of respite, an accumulation, appraisal, or a bringing together of competing, collusive, creative or destructive words, ideas, images, actions, and energies. Endings tend to be dramaturgically...