The Poetry of Medbh McGuckian: The Interior of Words

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This is the first collection of essays solely dedicated to the achievement of this remarkable Irish poet. The book contains eleven essays by internationally known scholars, a new interview with McGuckian herself, and a detailed bibliography. McGuckian’s critical reputation has grown dramatically over the last decade and she is now a poet with an international reputation. This collection provides a timely and engaging appraisal of her work.
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Overview

This is the first collection of essays solely dedicated to the achievement of this remarkable Irish poet. The book contains eleven essays by internationally known scholars, a new interview with McGuckian herself, and a detailed bibliography. McGuckian’s critical reputation has grown dramatically over the last decade and she is now a poet with an international reputation. This collection provides a timely and engaging appraisal of her work.
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"McGuckian deserves a larger audience among those interested in women's studies. These 11 appreciative analyses, though meant for readers who have followed McGuckian's poetry closely, should encourage wide readership... Those new to McGuckian may find the editors' interview with McGuckian a better beginning thatn the introduction. Summing up: Recommended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859184653
  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Shane Alcobia-Murphy teaches in the Department of English, University of Aberdeen, and is the author of Sympathetic Ink: Intertextual Relations in Northern Irish Poetry (2006).

Richard Kirkland is in the Department of English, King’s College London, and is the author of Cathal O’Byrne and the Northern Revival in Ireland, 1890-1950 (2006).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
Introduction—Shane Alcobia-Murphy
1) Speaking as the North: Self and Place in the Early Poetry of Medbh McGuckian—Michaela Schrage-Früh
2) A Gibbous Voice: The Poetics of Subjectivity in the Early Poetry of Medbh McGuckian—Michaela Schrage-Früh
3) “Poetry Must Almost Dismantle the Letters”: McGuckian, Mallarmé and Polysemantic Play—Helen Blakeman
4) Signs of Encounters in Medbh McGuckian’s Poetry—Elin Holmsten
5) The Space that Cleaves: The House and Hospitality in Medbh McGuckian’s Work—Scott Brewster
6) Warding Off an Epitaph: Had I a Thousand Lives— Conor Carville
7) “That Now Historical Ground”: Memory and Atrocity in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian—Shane Alcobia-Murphy
8) Medbh McGuckian and the Politics of Minority Discourse—Richard Kirkland
9) “They Come Into It”: The Muses of Medbh McGuckian—Borbola Farrago
10) Re-assembling the Atom: Reading Medbh McGuckian’s Intertextual Materials—Leontia Flynn
11) Interview with Medbh McGuckian—Shane Alcobia-Murphy and Richard Kirkland
Afterword—Clair Wills
Notes and References
Bibliography
Index
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