The Ideological and Artistic Unity of Martin Mcdonagh’s Drama

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2018, Vol. 4. №4

The Ideological and Artistic Unity of Martin Mcdonagh’s Drama

Author: Vera B. Shamina

For citation: Shamina V. B. 2018. “The Ideological and Artistic Unity of Martin McDonagh’s Drama”. Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates, vol. 4, no 4, pp. 147-159. DOI: 10.21684/2411-197X-2018-4-4-147-159

About the author:

Vera B. Shamina, Dr. Sci. (Philol.), Professor, Department of Russian and World Literature, Kazan Federal University;


The subject of this article’s research comprises all the published plays of the outstanding modern Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. Having debuted on the British stage in the mid-1990s, he soon became one of the leading contemporary playwrights, whose plays have been translated into many languages and are staged around the world. This can be confirmed by a large number of prestigious theater awards, as well as the international McDonagh festival “At the bridge” in the Perm theater, which, since 2014, is held every two years and gathers representatives of the theater community from different countries of Europe and Asia.

This work deals with the key themes, conflicts and genre-compositional features of Martin McDonagh’ drama works. The observations allow putting toward an idea of his dramaturgy as a holistic artistic phenomenon. In this regard, it should be noted that, although McDonagh’s plays are actively staged in Russia and there are many theater reviews on these performances, literary critics are just beginning to introduce the works of this playwright into academic sphere.


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