likeyoulove Harry Potter House Eds
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Dion Boucicault Irish Identity on Stage by Deirdre (Dr, Trinity College, Dublin) McFeely


Dion Boucicault Irish Identity on Stage by Deirdre (Dr, Trinity College, Dublin) McFeely

Deirdre McFeely presents the first book-length critical study of Dion Boucicault, placing his Irish plays in the context of his overall career. The book undertakes a detailed examination of the reception of the plays in the New York-London-Dublin theatre triangle which Boucicault inhabited. Interpreting theatre history as a sociocultural phenomenon that closely approximates social history, McFeely examines the different social and political worlds in which the plays were produced, demonstrating that the complex politics of reception of the plays cannot be separated from the social and political implications of colonialism at that time. The study argues for a shift in focus from the politics of the plays, and their author, to the politics of the auditorium and the press, or the politics of reception. It is within that complex and shifting field of stage, theatre and public media that Boucicault's performance as playwright, actor and publicist is interpreted.


'McFeely is not so scholastically detached as to let us forget that Boucicault's plays are fun and that he was a master of pithy dialogue and comic inventiveness. This is a wonderfully well-researched and discerning book, placing Boucicault as a much more politically motivated playwright than previous critics have ever suggested.'
Irish Times

'Thoughtful and insightful ...'
The Times Literary Supplement

'McFeely's sparkling collection of research on the political importance of Boucicault's plays is detailed and comprehensive, yet her writing is not burdened with perplexing terminology or arbitrary discourse ... [Her] accurate and acute analysis of primary resources provides sound evidence for her argument, while her familiar style provides an excellent foundation for the nascent theatre researcher delving into the captivating realm of Irish literature and drama.'
A. I. Cahill, Studies in Theatre and Performance

'There is much to like in this well-researched study, which illuminates the international reception of some of Boucicault's best-known work. ... students of Boucicault will find it a rich resource.'
Nicholas Daly, Victorian Studies

About the Author

Deirdre McFeely's work on Boucicault has appeared in publications including Irish Theatre on Tour (edited by Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash) and Irish Theater in America: Essays on Irish Theatrical Diaspora (edited by John Harrington). This is her first book.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

2nd February 2015


Deirdre (Dr, Trinity College, Dublin) McFeely

More books by Deirdre (Dr, Trinity College, Dublin) McFeely
Author 'Like for Like'


Cambridge University Press


230 pages


Theatre: individual actors & directors



Thanks to Lovereading I have discovered new writers and read books I would never had looked twice at - and enjoyed them.

Angela Rhodes

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!


What can I say, the clue is in the title Lovereading - and awesome books.

Sarah Davis

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson