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A POLITICAL DYSTOPIA IN EXPRESSIONISTIC FORM; DENIS JOHNSTON'S THE OLD LADY SAYS:"NO!"

MAHASEN BADRA.

Abstract
The purpose of the present study is to examine the expressionistic technique of Denis Johnston'sThe
Old Lady Says : "No!"(1929), to probe his political views on post-independence Ireland as a political,
moral and social dystopia that clashes violently with the romanticized image of pre-independence
Ireland.The play with its expressionist form came in consonance with the spirit spread among the
members of the Gate, who shared the belief that the traditional way of playwriting, acting and directing
had served its purpose in the past and could no longer fit in with the spirit of modem ag e.Revolving
around the figure of Robert Emmet, a 19th centurypatriot who was persecuted for organizing a rising
against British rule in 1801, and who became a national hero for the Irish people, the play has a
historical background. Johnston takes a completely different attitude in interpreting the character of
Emmet who was sentimentally presented in romantic Irish literature. Through him, Johnston satirizes
the Irish death-wish that leads young men irrationally to their fate under the motto of patriotism. The
play assumes a politically radical attitude like most German expressionist drama and most of Johnston's
own plays.By casting Emmet in twentieth century Dublin, Johnston makes a sharp juxtaposition
between the idealized past with its passionate rage of sentiment and the Free State Ireland with its
violence, rioting, revolt and assassinations. He aims at criticizing both ideals indicating that the
distressing present is the fruit of the blindly idealized past.

Key words: Irish Drama, Irish History, Political Theatre, Denis Johnston, Expressionism.


 
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MAHASEN BADRA. A POLITICAL DYSTOPIA IN EXPRESSIONISTIC FORM; DENIS JOHNSTON'S THE OLD LADY SAYS:"NO!". JCR. 2021; 8(1): 1166-1173. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.126


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MAHASEN BADRA. A POLITICAL DYSTOPIA IN EXPRESSIONISTIC FORM; DENIS JOHNSTON'S THE OLD LADY SAYS:"NO!". JCR. 2021; 8(1): 1166-1173. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.126



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MAHASEN BADRA. A POLITICAL DYSTOPIA IN EXPRESSIONISTIC FORM; DENIS JOHNSTON'S THE OLD LADY SAYS:"NO!". JCR. (2021), [cited April 10, 2021]; 8(1): 1166-1173. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.126



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MAHASEN BADRA (2021) A POLITICAL DYSTOPIA IN EXPRESSIONISTIC FORM; DENIS JOHNSTON'S THE OLD LADY SAYS:"NO!". JCR, 8 (1), 1166-1173. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.126



Turabian Style

MAHASEN BADRA. 2021. A POLITICAL DYSTOPIA IN EXPRESSIONISTIC FORM; DENIS JOHNSTON'S THE OLD LADY SAYS:"NO!". Journal of Critical Reviews, 8 (1), 1166-1173. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.126



Chicago Style

MAHASEN BADRA. "A POLITICAL DYSTOPIA IN EXPRESSIONISTIC FORM; DENIS JOHNSTON'S THE OLD LADY SAYS:"NO!"." Journal of Critical Reviews 8 (2021), 1166-1173. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.126



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MAHASEN BADRA. "A POLITICAL DYSTOPIA IN EXPRESSIONISTIC FORM; DENIS JOHNSTON'S THE OLD LADY SAYS:"NO!"." Journal of Critical Reviews 8.1 (2021), 1166-1173. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.126



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MAHASEN BADRA (2021) A POLITICAL DYSTOPIA IN EXPRESSIONISTIC FORM; DENIS JOHNSTON'S THE OLD LADY SAYS:"NO!". Journal of Critical Reviews, 8 (1), 1166-1173. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.01.126