Celia de Fréine, born in Newtownards, County Down, is an established poet with eight published collections of poetry in English and Irish. Widely anthologized and translated, her awards include the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the British Comparative Literature Association Translation Award and the Gradam Litríochta Chló Iar-Chonnacht. Her dramatic work in English and in Irish includes operatic and cinematic texts as well as scripts for TG4’s soap-opera, Ros na Rún (1997-99) as well as six published plays, three of which have been translated into English. Focusing on her provocative re-imaginings of Brian Merriman’s canonical eighteenth-century text Cúirt an Mheán Oíche / The Midnight Court, her trilogy is as much a response and riposte to Celtic Tiger Ireland and social and sexual attitudes that seeks to discriminate against the vulnerable in society, as it is a refashioning and recalibrating of Me...
Irish Bastards: Celia de Fréine and Merriman’s The Midnight Court/Cúirt an Mheán Oíche
This article examines Celia de Fréine’s re-imagining of Brian Merriman’s canonic text The Midnight Court/Cúirt an Mheán Oíche. Through textual and contextual analysis of specific extracts of the texts, the article illustrates how de Fréine’s version challenges audiences to consider their participation in the social conditions of contemporary marriage, relationships and sexual practices for young women in contemporary Ireland. To this end she draws on Kevin Myers’ “Mother of Bastards” article to highlight the misogyny experienced by unmarried mothers in Ireland.
Mots-clés :De Fréine, Merriman, Cúirt an Mheán Oíche, The Midnight Court, pratiques sexuelles, genre, misogynie
Keywords :De Fréine, Merriman, Cúirt an Mheán Oíche, The Midnight Court, sexual practices, gender, misogyny
Full text document will be published online on November 2018.
Briain Ó Conchubhair, « Irish Bastards: Celia de Fréine and Merriman’s The Midnight Court/Cúirt an Mheán Oíche », Études irlandaises, 41-2 | 2016, 105-118.
Briain Ó Conchubhair, « Irish Bastards: Celia de Fréine and Merriman’s The Midnight Court/Cúirt an Mheán Oíche », Études irlandaises [Online], 41-2 | 2016, Online since 30 November 2018, connection on 26 March 2017. URL : http://etudesirlandaises.revues.org/5005 ; DOI : 10.4000/etudesirlandaises.5005Top of page
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