Tom Murphy: ‘We Are All in the Gutter but Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars’

  • Graham Price


A wide range of Murphy’s drama is engaged with in this chapter which reflects his interest in several parts of Wilde’s aesthetic, such as the frustrating of national and individual stereotypes as exist between the Irish and English and men and women. The Gigli Concert emerges as the most explicitly Wildean of Murphy’s plays because of the foregrounding of an Irish and an English character, neither of whom conform to type, and because of its probing of the relationship between art and life and the fault lines between the two.

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  • Graham Price
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  1. 1.University of LimerickLimerickIreland

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