Witness to Conflict: Stewart Parker and Post-1970s Irish Theatre
Chanté Mouton Kinyon, University of Notre Dame
What does it mean to be a Witness? This paper considers what it means to bear witness in literary cultural productions by primarily focusing on the work of Stewart Parker. In this paper, I focus on theatre in Northern Ireland to evaluate how African American forms and the African diaspora impacted post-1970s Irish theatre. In centering the discussion on theatre in Northern Ireland, I am able to document the way the mid-twentieth century African American struggle for Civil Rights shaped Irish arts during the era of civil conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.
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The Newberry Library Irish Studies Seminar brings together scholars to advance understanding of Irish culture both nationally and globally. The Irish Studies Seminar is supported by Mr. and Mrs. William F. Mahoney and Christine and Michael Pope, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, and the DePaul University Irish Studies Program.