Title page for ETD etd-1113102-131008

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Bynane, Patrick Michael
URN etd-1113102-131008
Title Performing Hyphenates: A Study in Contemporary Irish-American Identity and Cultural Performance
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Theater
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Leslie Wade Committee Chair
Femi Euba Committee Member
Jennifer Jones Committee Member
Michael Bowman Committee Member
Victor Stater Dean's Representative
  • pubs
  • improvisation
  • st. patrick's day
  • riverdance
Date of Defense 2002-11-08
Availability unrestricted
This study examines the issues and contradictions of identity formation found in contemporary Irish-American cultural performances. Using a theoretical language grounded in post-structuralism and cultural studies, this examination hopes to demonstrate the primacy of performance and theatre in the formation of culture, Irish-American specifically, or otherwise. The performances featured in the study are: Riverdance, St. Patrick's Day parades, pub performances, and improv theatre.
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