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Chapter 9 - The Maternal Contemporary: Pregnancy, Maternity, and Non-Maternity on the Irish Stage

from Part Two - Contemporary Conditions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2020

Paige Reynolds
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College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
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There is a pattern to how pregnancy is theatrically represented in Ireland: It is a taboo, a silence, an open secret. This is symptomatic of the Irish social and cultural stigmatization of women’s bodies and part of a larger discourse in which women’s bodies are carefully policed to be visible but inarticulate and assumed to be usable but unintelligible. This chapter considers new performances of pregnancy, maternity, and non-maternity on the Irish stage as a way of troubling the assumption that women’s bodies are invisible or inappropriate in contemporary theatre, in plays by ANU Productions, Bump & Grind, Stacey Gregg, Elaine Murphy, Frank McGuinness, Christian O’Reilly, and THEATREClub.

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The New Irish Studies , pp. 161 - 176
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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