Ciaran Carson is one of the most challenging and inventive of contemporary Irish writers, exhibiting verbal brilliance, formal complexity, and intellectual daring across a remarkably varied body of work. With his birthplace and hometown of Belfast as a recurrent—and often gritty—frame of reference, Carson engages the themes of history, geography, violence, and power. In this in-depth study, Neal Alexander employs urbanism, cultural theory, and literary criticism to decipherthe ways in which Carson imaginatively navigates the ideas of space and place. A truly groundbreaking book and a new critical framework for exploring literary representations of space, this is the first study to consider the entire Carson canon, including poetry, prose, and translation.
|Publisher:||Liverpool University Press|
|Series:||Liverpool University Press - Liverpool English Texts & Studies Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Dr Neal Alexander lectures in English at the University of Nottingham. He is the co-editor (with Shane Murphy and Anne Oakman) of 'To the Other Shore: Cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies' (Queen's University Belfast, 2004).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Imaginative Geographies: The Politics and Poetics
Chapter 2: Mapping Belfast: Urban Cartographies
Chapter 3: Deviations from the Known Route: Reading, Writing, Walking
Chapter 4: Revised Versions: Place and Memory
Chapter 5: Spatial Stories: Narrative and Representation
Chapter 6: Babel-babble: Language and Translation
Index of Works