Locked Out: Working-Class Lives in Irish Drama 1958-1998

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This chapter surveys trends in the representation of working-class dramatis personae on Ireland's stages, in the latter part of the twentieth century. It also considers the representation of working-class dramatists in critical discourse. Social class is framed in relation to mutations in Independent Ireland's political economy, during the period. By using a reverse chronology, the chapter exposes, in particular, paths not taken in relation to the representation of women in dramatic narrative.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA History of Irish Working-Class Writing
EditorsMichael Pierse
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-107-14968-7
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Nov 2017


  • political economy
  • intellectual labour
  • theatre ecology
  • Sean O'Casey
  • James McKenna
  • John Arden
  • Margaretta D'Arcy
  • Billy Roche
  • Brian Friel
  • Tom Murphy
  • Alan Simpson
  • 1913 Lockout
  • Wexford Lockout 1911
  • Labour Party
  • Richard Corish
  • patriarchy
  • misogyny

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    Merriman, V. (2017). Locked Out: Working-Class Lives in Irish Drama 1958-1998. In M. Pierse (Ed.), A History of Irish Working-Class Writing (pp. 318-331). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316570425.020