Commonplace: Brian Friel, Translations

“But remember that words are signals, counters. They are not immortal. And it can happen–to use an image you’ll understand–it can happen that a civilization can be imprisoned in a linguistic contour which no longer matches the landscape of …fact.”

~ Brian Friel, Translations — side note: the provost when I first came to UAFS, who has from Ireland, told me at my interview after I had discussed teaching this play that his aunt had dated Friel back in the day.


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