New articulations of Irishness and otherness on the contemporary Irish stage
in Irish literature since 1990

This chapter looks at a number of plays that engage, directly or indirectly, with the experience of immigration as translated for the stage. The playwrights and artists explore subjectively, imaginatively the consciousness of others, and produce contact zones where changing concepts of Irishness and otherness can co-exist and be articulated in meaningful ways. Economic success, the so-called 'Celtic Tiger' phenomenon, and its attendant socio-political consequences, has given the country a new confidence whilst challenging or eroding the old markers of Irish identity. A number of recent Irish theatrical productions have engaged with the new phenomenon and its implications for Ireland's identity and self-image and these have become the object of critical inquiry. It is worth examining the use the playwright makes of anthropology and anthropometry as a metaphor and to examine how The Home Place can be read in terms of contemporary concerns.

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