Flann O'Brien's Collected Plays and Teleplays PDF

By Flann O'Brien

ISBN-10: 1564789888

ISBN-13: 9781564789884

Within the similar spirit as his novels, O'Brien's performs are speculative, artistic, wickedly humorous, and a pleasant addition to his accrued works—now on hand ultimately: this quantity collects Flann O'Brien's dramatic paintings right into a unmarried quantity, together with Thirst, Faustus Kelly, and The Insect Play: A Rhapsody on Saint Stephen's Green. it is also numerous performs and teleplays that experience by no means ahead of noticeable print, together with The useless Spit of Kelly (of which a movie model is in construction by means of Michael Garland), The Boy from Ballytearim, and An Scian (only lately discovered), in addition to teleplays from the RTÉ sequence O'Dea's Your Man and Th'oul Lad of Kilsalaher.

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Trauma reflects a shattering nature often unavailable to conscious recollection and understanding. Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov replicate the murky patterns of human consciousness, the inchoate barrage of impressions, impulses, memories, and eruptions of anguish and desire that form the thought patterns of modern culture. They tried to reverse the traditional consensus of nineteenth-century drama; instead of rendering the social landscape by a searchlight of melodrama’s sweeping surfaces, they prowled the labyrinthine cubicles of the inner self, the dehiscence of everyday existence.

The grave kills memory (34). To be modern as Danton (and Woyzeck, as we will shortly see) is to be cognizant of the alienation from authority and to understand the powerlessness it creates. Romantic idealists hoped that by overthrowing the past a vastly improved future would emerge; but modernists knew better. The whole edifice of reason argued for by the Enlightenment, and the whole foundation of lyricism and aesthetic beauty as the antidote to the modern world argued for by Schiller and the Romanticists, are challenged – indeed overthrown and refuted by Büchner’s skepticism and vision of revolutionary horror.

Our kind is miserable only once: in this world and in the next. I think if we ever got to Heaven we’d have to help with the thunder (110). This speech is remarkable for several reasons. First is Woyzeck’s prescient understanding of money. Not just cash, but what money means socially, politically, and ethically; as Marx noted (see quote above), money has the power to change reality and ethics. Second is his keen, self-effacing irony about his proletarian condition: even God partakes in the joke at his expense.

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