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The Field By Cheryl Herr


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.

Cheryl Herr is Professor of English at the University of Iowa and has
published books on James Joyce, Irish theatre, and most recently Critical
Regionalism and Cultural Studies (University Press of Florida, 1996)

Subject Classification: Film Studies/Cultural Studies/Literature

Market: General reader with an interest in film.

Key Features:

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

Published June 2002
ISBN: 1 85918 292 5, Paperback, EUR10.00, US$9.95
135 x 190mm, 98pp


List of Illustrations



1.Keane and The Field

John B. Keane

The Field

The Tangler

Local History

2.      Fieldwork: A Practical Approach to Film

3.      Sheridan and The Field

        Jim Sheridan in Context

        Father, Son, and the Law of the Land

        Women and Intertextuality




Series editors: Keith Hopper (text), Gráinne Humphreys (image)

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.

Mike Collins
University College, Cork Ireland

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