This New Casebook on Seamus Heaney follows the astonishingly rapid growth of a literary reputation. Using reviews as well as extended academic essays, it presents a debate to which the poet himself has made influential critical contributions and which changes direction with the publication of each new book of poems. In particular, the Casebook shows how a wide range of contemporary theoretical approaches have been brought into play as Heaney has become increasingly central for general readers of poetry, academics and students at school and university.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements.- General Editors' Preface.- Introduction; M.Allen.- Growing Up: Review of Death of a Naturalist; C.Ricks.- A Slow North-East Wind: Review of North; C.C.O'Brien.- 'Inner Emigre' or 'Artful Voyeur'? Seamus Heaney's North; E.Longley.- Seamus Heaney: The Timorous and the Bold; S.Deane.- Representation in Modern Irish Poetry; E.Hughes.- The Mouth, the Meal and the Book: Review of Field Work; C.Ricks.- Review of Field Work; T.Eagleton.- Writing a Bare Wire: Station Island; N.Corcoran.- The Government of the Tongue; S.Heaney.- The Sign of the Cross: Review of The Government of the Tongue; T.Docherty.- 'Pap for the Dispossessed': Seamus Heaney and the Poetics of Identity; D.Lloyd.- 'Bog Queens': The Representation of Women in the Poetry of John Montague and Seamus Heaney; P.Coughlan.- Anna-; or Postmodernism, Landscape, Seamus Heaney; T.Docherty.- The Distance Between: Seamus Heaney; S.Smith.- Paradigms of Possibility: Seamus Heaney; R.Kirkland.- Further Reading.- Notes on Contributors.- Index.