Dramatic Representation of Trench Space as an ‘Experiential Ruin’ in R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End and Sean O’Casey’s The Silver Tassie

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Títol: Dramatic Representation of Trench Space as an ‘Experiential Ruin’ in R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End and Sean O’Casey’s The Silver Tassie
Autors: Patterson, Jonathan
Paraules clau: Spatial theory | Ruins | Embodiment | Ecology
Àrees de coneixement: Filología Inglesa
Data de publicació: 2018
Editor: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Citació bibliogràfica: Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses. 2018, 31: 71-81. doi:10.14198/raei.2018.31.05
Resum: Physical forms of ruin and psychological forms of ruination is an area within spatial theory that will enhance literary studies, especially literature of the First World War. The literary representation of the trench as a ruined space is a predominant feature of literature that emerges from the Great War. Among the different genres, it is drama that is ideally poised to offer a critique of the way both physical and psychological ruin can be depicted on the stage. Both R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End and Sean O’Casey’s The Silver Tassie consciously depict trench space as a site of embodied trauma for soldiers who experienced trench warfare and, consequently, trench space functions as an ‘experiential ruin.’ This ‘embodied exchange’ emphasizes the relationship between the battlefield (or cite of trauma) and the actual war-related trauma itself. Both Sherriff and O’Casey have created plays that show the decaying landscape and decaying psyche as inseparable victims to the devastation of the First World War.
URI: https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.2018.31.05 | http://hdl.handle.net/10045/87210
ISSN: 0214-4808 | 2171-861X (Internet)
DOI: 10.14198/raei.2018.31.05
Idioma: eng
Tipus: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Drets: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Revisió científica: si
Versió de l'editor: https://raei.ua.es/
Apareix a la col·lecció: Revistas - Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses - 2018, No. 31

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