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'What else can it become?': Tom McGrath and Language

Part of the Retrospective: The Future Is History Strand


Tickets available from 10:00 on the day of the event - Sat 1 July, 18:30, Filmhouse 3.

For the Hard Man, ‘violence is an art form practiced in and for itself’. Language is part of this violence, but also shares in its freedom – to create as well as destroy. Indeed, McGrath described his use of dialect in the play as ‘sculptural’, as contrasted with the racy naturalism of John Byrne. What can vernacular language ‘become’, when we cease to view it as a copy of real (hard) life? McGrath’s poetry and drama offer a few possible answers which will be discussed by Dr Scott Hames in this lecture.

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