Gaby Frey

Private Goes Public: Self-Narrativisation in Brian Friel’s Plays

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In Brian Friel's writing, the distinction between public and private is closely linked to the concepts of home, family, identity and truth. This study examines the characters' excessive introspection and their deep-seated need to disclose their most intimate knowledge and private truths to define who they are and, thus, to oppose dominant discourse or avoid heteronomy.
This study begins by investigating how a number of Anglo-Irish writers publicised their characters' private versions of truth thereby illustrating what they perceived to be the space of 'Irishness'. The book then focuses on Friel's techniques of sharing his character's private views to demonstrate how he adopted and adapted these practices in his own oeuvre. As the characters' superficial inarticulateness and their vivid inner selves are repeatedly juxtaposed in Friel's texts, his oeuvre, quintessentially, displays a great unease with the concepts of communication and absolute truth.

Gaby Frey lehrte Englische Literatur (Narratologie und Drama) am Englischen Seminar der Universität Zürich und unterrichtet Englisch an einem Schweizer Gymnasium in Winterthur.
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ISBN 978-3-7720-8534-5
EAN 9783772085345
Seiten 271
Format gebunden
Ausgabename 38534
Verlag A. Francke Verlag
Autor Gaby Frey
Erscheinungsdatum 25.11.2015
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