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Men’s War in Ireland . New York: Public Affairs, 2010. Print. Owicki, Eleonor. “Rattle Away at Your Bin: Women, Community, and Bin Lids in Northern Irish Drama.” Theatre Symposium. The Prop’s The Thing: Stage Properties Reconsidered 18 (2010): 56–66. Project MUSE . Web. 16 Apr. 2016. Robinson, Hilary. Reading Art, Reading Irigaray: The Politics of Art by Women . London: Tauris, 2006. Print.

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This article examines how Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, written in 1924, anticipated the postmodern conception of gender, or more accurately, the postmodern deconstruction of gender as merely repetitive patterns of behavior. The focus is on how the play dramatizes the Foucauldian notion of the death of man in the neurotic and irresponsible behavior of the male characters. Taking the psychological vertical approach in the analysis, the article adds to the scholarly work that has been written about the play, which mostly focused on its sociopolitical and religious aspects. The analysis this article sets forth shows how O’Casey’s representation (or perhaps mal-representation) of male characters was symptomatic of the cultural upsurge that later came to be known as postmodernism. In so doing, the article makes a curious link between O’Casey’s representation of neurotic men and the more recent inception of postmodernism and its deconstruction of gender. This link, in other words, is between neurosis and deconstruction, between psychological disturbances and the much-celebrated postmodern theory that came later. Thus, the article concludes with the peculiar question of how much of postmodern thought was, albeit unconsciously, predicated upon psychological degeneration, especially when it comes to its deconstruction of gender dynamics.

Playwrights . Ed. Martin Middeke and Peter Paul Schnierer. London: Methuen, 2010. 385-404. Print. Ingman, Heather. “Northern Ireland.” Twentieth-Century Fiction by Irish Women: Nation and Gender . Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. 141-80. Print. Lachman, Michał. “Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary Irish Feminist Drama.” Studies in English Drama and Poetry . Vol. 2. Ed. Michał Lachman. Łódź: Wydawnictwo UŁ, 2011. 141-52. Print. McDonough, Carla J. “‘I’ve Never Been Just Me’: Rethinking Women’s Positions in the Plays of Christina Reid.” A Century of Irish Drama: Widening the

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-saunders-gets-inside-lincolns-head (Last accessed 22 August 2018) Morse, Donald E. 1997. “‘Revolutionizing Reality’: The Irish Fantastic.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (JFA) vol. 8, no. 1: 2–14. Roche, Anthony. 1991. “Ghosts in Irish Drama.” In More Real than Reality: The Fantastic in Irish Literature and the Arts , eds. Donald E. Morse and Csilla Bertha, 37–66. New York: Greenwood. Saunders, George. 2013. “A Conversation between George Saunders and David Sedaris.” Tenth of December , 255–272. New York: Random House. 2017. Lincoln in the Bardo . New York: Random House. Shakespeare, William

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Janet O’Shea. London: Routledge and Francis, 2010. 229–35. Print. Diamond, Elin. “Caryl Churchill: Feeling Global.” A Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama: 1880–2005. Ed. Mary Luckhurst. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006. 476–87. Print. Diamond, Elin. “(In)visible Bodies in Churchill’s Theatre.” Theatre Journal 40.2 (1988): 188–204. Print. Diamond, Elin. “On Churchill and Terror.” The Cambridge Companion to Caryl Churchill. Ed. Elaine Aston and Elin Diamond. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. 125–43. Print. Diamond, Elin. Unmaking Mimesis. London: Routledge, 1997

@gmail.com Katarzyna Ojrzyńska is a doctoral student at the Department of Studies in Drama and Pre-1800 English Literature, University of Łódź. Her current project focuses on dance 329 Contributors in contemporary Irish drama. She has published several articles on the works of Irish playwrights such as William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Brian Friel. k.ojrzynska@sens.net.pl Teresa Podemska-Abt is a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia, School of International Studies. She also holds MA, BEd & MEd (course work) degrees from Universities of Wrocław and