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Title: The staged Irish man : the performance of masculinities in twentieth century and contemporary Irish theatre
Author: Dale, Emma Jayne
ISNI:       0000 0004 2741 799X
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis is powered by a seemingly simple question: how has the presentation of masculinity changed on the Irish stage during the twentieth century and early twenty-first century? To answer this question, this thesis embraces theory from multiple scholarly disciplines including theatre history, sociology and psychology. The result is a body of work which highlights the commodification and sexualisation of the male body; questions the privileging of certain types of masculinity within Irish society; and explores the dangerous side of masculinity, that is masculinity which is threatening, violent and unpredictable, in the attempt to extrapolate the terms of our reliance upon gender norms to both describe, generate and internalise our social and individual world view. Over the following six chapters we see how gender, specifically masculinity, interacts with class and national identity and uncover how differing ways of performing maleness onstage allows us, as audience and scholars, to unpick and reflect upon the everyday performance of masculinities we see around us.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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