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Women and Scarecrows: Marina Carr’s Stage Bodies

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This chapter considers the theatre of Marina Carr in the light of the feminist thought of French writers Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray, in particular their work on the cultural representations of the feminine-maternal body. Taking the play Woman and Scarecrow as a case-study, the chapter examines Carr’s undermining of the visualist bias of conventional theatre, and demonstrates the extent to which she privileges the auditory in an attempt to confer on the stage a female voice and body.

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  • ———. The Mai, Portia Coughlan, By The Bog of Cats. Plays One. London: Faber and Faber, 1999. Print.

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Noonan, M. (2017). Women and Scarecrows: Marina Carr’s Stage Bodies. In: Etienne, A., Dubost, T. (eds) Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59710-2_4

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