When Heroes become heroines: Brian Friel re-makes history
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dc.contributor.author Gaviña Costero, María
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-27T10:56:47Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-27T10:56:47Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/75374
dc.description.abstract In Brian Friel's Making History (1988), the author presents the process by which minority discourses are obviated and advocates the need for silenced narratives to be given a voice in retrospect. This play, based on O'Faolain's The Great O'Neill (1942), presents the events which resulted in the infamous Flight of the Earls with a dismantling of O'Neill's myth. Friel brings awareness to the erasure of the role of women in Irish history while enacting its recovery by means of the stage. Consequently, Mabel Bagenal, O'Neill's third wife, moves from a backward position to centre stage, becoming the Earl's main counsellor. Furthermore, this character, together with that of her sister, exhibits a different perspective on the colonisation of Ireland from that of the rest of the characters, due to her Protestant ascendency. History is thus disintegrated in as many histories as characters populate the play. In this manner, the writer also succeeds in mirroring the society of the twentieth century's Troubles. With this essay, I intend to reflect the new light in which Friel pictures the character of Mabel and his scrutiny of the different myths which have nourished the collective memory of the opposing factions in the North. Key terms: Brian Friel, Making History, women's empowerment, demystification, Ulster.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Nordic Irish Studies, 2016, vol. 15, num. 1, p. 41-57
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Gaviña Costero, María 2016 When Heroes become heroines: Brian Friel re-makes history Nordic Irish Studies 15 1 41 57
dc.subject Teatre (Gènere literari) S. XX Història i crítica
dc.title When Heroes become heroines: Brian Friel re-makes history
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2020-07-27T10:56:48Z
dc.identifier.idgrec 117951

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