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By David Cregan

This publication comprises an exhilarating number of essays concentrating on a number of substitute performances occurring in modern eire. range has regularly been part of Irish tradition and is, in truth, shaping what it ability to be Irish this present day. within there are provocative chapters from students, theatre manufacturers, and theatre artists from world wide examining every thing from the drag scene in Dublin to the homosexual satisfaction Parades in Belfast.

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Each of these plays is a hallmark for evolving perceptions of Wilde and, by extension, of sexual otherness. Micheál MacLiammóir was careful to negotiate the difficult and troubling sexuality for which Wilde was condemned and to translate it into an acceptable and discreetly tragic melodrama. On the other hand, Eagleton and Kilroy are more direct in their presentation of his sexuality and they both reinstate dissident sexuality and sexual sin as a central part of the drama of Wilde’s life. Only Eagleton allows that sexual sin to be seen as something subversive and radical, whereas Kilroy situates his version of Wilde within a familiar discourse of trauma and selfdisgust.

So I told him that I must have caught the infection from a married friend whose husband was dissipated, because I remembered visiting the water closet just after her (142). The disease here is an indicator of the unhealthy nature of the cultural requirement that sex in marriage was compulsory for woman, her body being no longer her own, while men were permitted to enjoy unlimited promiscuity. In a recollected scene of Ladies and Gentlemen, featuring Annie’s first comeback on stage, the bruises and blue marks on her face and body tell of a largely hidden but not infrequent aspect of heterosexual marriage: domestic violence.

Html (accessed 20 November 2008). 7 Richard Kirkland, Identity Parades: Northern Irish Culture and Dissident Subjects (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2002), p. 130. Subsequent references will be cited in the text. 8 Susan Sontag, ‘Notes on Camp’, Camp: Queer Aesthetics and the Performing Subject: A Reader, ed. Fabio Cleto (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999), p. 60. Subsequent references will be cited in the text. Cited in Kirkland, 129. 9 See Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (New York and Routledge: Routledge, 1999).

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