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Justice in the Plays and Films of Martin McDonagh

Authors: Jordan, Eamonn

  • provides persuasive and accessible insights into legal and philosophical treatments of the many issues raised by the concept of justice in McDonagh’s work
  • explores the thematic and structural concerns of McDonagh’s creative worlds and their often precarious distinctions between guilt and innocence 
  • provides highly original analysis which contributes substantially to existing critical work on McDonagh, expanding and clarifying Jordan’s own earlier critical treatments 
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About this book

This book interrogates the various manifestations of rival systems of justice in the plays and films of Martin McDonagh, in analysis informed by the critical writings of Michael J. Sandel, Steven Pinker, Julia Kristeva, and in particular Amartya Sen on violence, justice, equality and the law. In McDonagh’s works, failures to investigate adequately criminal actions are matched by multiple forced confessions and umpteen miscarriages of justice. The author explores McDonagh’s creative worlds as ones where distinctions between victim and perpetrator and guilt and innocence are precarious, where the burden of truth seldom reaches the threshold of beyond reasonable doubt and where the punishments and rewards of justice are applied randomly. This project considers the abject nature of justice in McDonagh’s writing, with the vast implications of justice being fragile, suspect, piecemeal, deviant, haphazard and random. Tentative forms of justice are tempered and then threatened by provocative, anarchic and abject humour. As the author argues, McDonagh’s writing cleverly circulates rival, incompatible and comparative systems of justice in order to substantiate the necessities and virtues of justice.




About the authors

Eamonn Jordan is Associate Professor in Drama Studies at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, Ireland. His book The Feast of Famine: The Plays of Frank McGuinness (1997) is the first full-length study on McGuinness's work. Some of Jordan’s other publications on Irish theatre include: From Leenane to LA: The Theatre and Cinema of Martin McDonagh (2014); The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre (co-edited with Eric Weitz (2018); and The Theatre and Films of Conor McPherson: Conspicuous Communities (2019).

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eBook 41,64 €
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  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: December 17, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30453-9
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Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • Due: December 17, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-30452-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Justice in the Plays and Films of Martin McDonagh
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30453-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30453-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30452-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 145
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