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The body and desire in contemporary Irish poetry

Author: Irene Gilsenan Nordin
Publisher: Dublin ; Portland, OR : Irish Academic Press, 2006.
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The essays in this collection deal with contemporary Irish poetry and the question of the desiring body as a cultural and historical product, a biological entity and a psycho-sexual construction, and not least as an existential being. Drawing upon the literary theories of, among others, the French post-structuralists, the psychoanalytic theories of Lacan and Kristeva, the philosophies of Merleau-Ponty and Levinas,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Body and desire in contemporary Irish poetry.
Dublin ; Portland, OR : Irish Academic Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607840941
Online version:
Body and desire in contemporary Irish poetry.
Dublin ; Portland, OR : Irish Academic Press, 2006
(OCoLC)609291499
Named Person: Thomas Kinsella; Seamus Heaney; Medbh McGuckian; Seamus Heaney; Thomas Kinsella; Medbh McGuckian
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Irene Gilsenan Nordin
ISBN: 0716533685 9780716533689 0716533693 9780716533696
OCLC Number: 70286410
Description: viii, 254 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Re-mapping the landscapte: the body as agent of political, social and spiritual empowerment in contemporary Irish poetry / Irene Gilsenan Nordin --
Part I: The body politic: territorial reconfiguration and desire : --
1. Abject state: waste and the exile of the body in Northern Irish poetry / Scott Brewster --
2. History's impasse: journey, haunt and trace in the poetry of Medbh McGuckian / Eluned Summers-Bremner --
3. Thomas Kinsella's 'local knowledge' / Robert Brazeau --
4. The body as ethical synecdoche in the writing of Seamus Heaney / Eugene O'Brien --
Part II: The female body: women's sexual, maternal, ageing body and desire : --
5. 'Words we can grow old and die in': earth mother and ageing mother in Eavan Boland's poetry / Veronica House --
6. 'My being cries out to be incarnate': the Virgin Mary and female sexuality in contemporary Irish women's poetry / Michaela Schrage-Früh --
7. 'A song for every child I might have had': infertility and maternal loss in contemporary Irish poetry / Colleen A. Hynes --
Part III: The existential body: the self and desire for the other : --
8. 'Like a wished-for body': dialogues of desire in the poetry of Medbh McGuckian / Elin Homsten --
9. 'Enough / is enough': suffering and desire in the poetry of Thomas Kinsella / Lucy Collins --
10. Medbh McGuckian and the poetics of mourning / Helen Blakeman --
11. Touch and go: Seamus Heaney and the transcendence of the aesthetic / Charles I. Armstrong --
12. 'Betwixt and between': the body as liminal threshold in the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. / Irene Gilsenan Nordin.
Responsibility: edited by Irene Gilsenan Nordin.
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The essays in this collection deal with contemporary Irish poetry and the question of the desiring body as a cultural and historical product, a biological entity and a psycho-sexual construction, and not least as an existential being. Drawing upon the literary theories of, among others, the French post-structuralists, the psychoanalytic theories of Lacan and Kristeva, the philosophies of Merleau-Ponty and Levinas, and feminist philosophers, such as Donna Haraway and Susan Bordo. The contributors explore how contemporary Irish poets, both male and female, give expression to what might be termed a reassessment of material experience. With their various approaches they address the various ways in which the body can be seen as an agent of empowerment and change in the work of Eavan Boland, Ciaran Carson, Mary Dorcey, Seamus Heaney, Rita Ann Higgins, Thomas Kinsella, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Medbh McGuckian, Paula Meehan, John Montague, Paul Muldoon, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill.

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