After nearly five decades as one of Ireland’s most celebrated playwrights, Brian Friel has been the subject of ten books and dozens of articles. Along with considering Friel’s more recent plays, the book analyses his interviews and essays to chart the author’s ideological evolution throughout his lengthy career.
Introduction: Friel, criticism, and theory; 1. The Irish Press essays, 1962–1963: alien and native; 2. The plays of the 1960s: assessing partition's aftermath; 3. The plays of the 1970s: interrogating nationalism; 4. Plays 1980–1993: the North; 5. Plays 1994–2005: retreat from Ireland: The Home Place.