The Nerve Podcast: Ep 17 The Country Girls

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Country Girls by Enda O'Brien is the topic of discussion in this episode of The Nerve.

Country Girls by Enda O'Brien is the topic of discussion in this episode of The Nerve.

The Nerve is a podcast produced by the English department at Waterford Institute of Technology. Each episode brings together staff and students to discuss a range of topics, including English literature, cultural events and perhaps a dollop of critical theory here and there. Upcoming episodes will also feature special guests.

In this episode of the podcast, Jenny is joined by Dr. Úna Kealy, lecturer in English and Theatre Studies, and students from both of those disciplines, Aoife Molloy, Sinead Croarkin and Bronagh Sharpe. The topic under consideration is the production of The Country Girls now playing in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, which WIT staff and students travelled to last week. The Country Girls, a novel banned upon its release in 1960 for its sexually explicit content, was adapted for the stage by the novel’s author Edna O’Brien, and this production (directed by Graham McLaren) invites lots of discussion over the rendering of its key themes and the fate of its protagonists, not to mention the role of the predatory Mr. Gentleman..!


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