The Tyranny of Memory: Remembering the Great War in Frank McGuinness's Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

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Show simple item record Pine, Emilie 2014-12-19T12:03:54Z 2014-12-19T12:03:54Z 2010-05
dc.identifier.citation The Irish University Review en
dc.description.abstract First produced at the Peacock Theatre in 1985, Frank McGuinness’s Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, has gone on to become an iconic First World War play, and has had several landmark productions, not least of which was when it was performed at the Abbey in 1994 to an audience of Ulster Unionists, as an acknowledgment of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. McGuinness states that in writing Observe the Sons of Ulster 'it was an eye-opener for a Catholic Republican, as I am, to have to examine the complexity, diversity, disturbance and integrity of the other side, the Protestant people.' In this play there is thus a conscious engagement with a competing mythology, and the challenges of crossing the barrier between self and other. And this spirit of necessary but difficult exploration of self and other is the foundational ground for the play; the process that McGuinness went through in writing the play, is thus the same process that the characters go through within the play. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Edinburgh University Press en
dc.subject Literary studies en
dc.subject First World War en
dc.subject McGuinness, Frank en
dc.title The Tyranny of Memory: Remembering the Great War in Frank McGuinness's Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 40 en
dc.identifier.issue 1 en
dc.neeo.contributor Pine|Emilie|aut|
dc.internal.rmsid 306697276 2014-11-20T17:05:12Z

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