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The Field
The Field

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Authors: Cheryl Herr
Affiliation: University of Iowa
Publication Year: Softback 2002
Pages: 96
Size: 190 x 135mm

ISBN: 9781859182925


An incisive series designed to increase critical understanding of 'Irish' film. Ireland into Film invites writers and scholars from the fields of film and literary studies to examine notable adaptations of Irish literary texts.

Lucid and accessible style makes the series appealing to the general reader. Liberally illustrated throughout with stills from the film under discussion. Collaboration between Cork University Press and the Film Institute of Ireland.

John B. Keane's popular play The Field (1965), based on a boundary dispute and murder in County Kerry, inspired the 1990 film scripted and directed by Jim Sheridan. Both works address the impact of dislocating social change on agricultural communities while insisting on darker power struggles within traditional life. To Keane's acute portrayal of the mid-century dismantling of rural society, Sheridan adds not only his characteristic attention to the varieties of social injustice spawned by modernisation, but also liberal allusions to Irish myth, literature, and cinema. Drawing on fresh interviews, archival research, and new directions in the philosophy of film studies, Cheryl Herr grounds this reading of The Field in the conflict between embodied communal practices and the eternal threat of the outsider.

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