Contemporary Irish Women Poets

Memory and Estrangement

Lucy Collins

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ISBN: 9781781381878

Publication: September 14, 2015

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 66

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This study examines the intersection of private and public spheres through the representation of memory in contemporary poetry by Irish women. Collins explores how memory shapes creativity in the work of well-known poets such as Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Medbh McGuckian as well as in that of an exciting group of younger poets. This book analyses, for the first time, the complex responses to the past recorded by contemporary women poets in Ireland and the implications these have for the concept of a national tradition.

Lucy Collins is Lecturer at University College Dublin and the editor of 'Poetry by Women in Ireland: A Critical Anthology 1870–1970' (Liverpool University Press, 2012).

Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: Memory, Estrangement and the Poetic Text PART 1: CONCEPTS 1. Lost Lands: The Creation of Memory in the Poetry of Eavan Boland 2. Here and Elsewhere: Migrant Identities and the Contemporary Woman Poet 3. Private Memory and the Construction of Subjectivity in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry PART 2: ACHIEVEMENTS 4. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Spaces of Memory 5. Medbh McGuckian’s Radical Temporalities 6. Catherine Walsh: A Poetics of Flux 7. Vona Groarke: Memory and Materiality Conclusion: Memories of the Future Bibliography General Index Index of Works

The analysis is judiciously balanced and always insightful; the reader’s attention is consistently rewarded by what is found within these covers.
University of Aberdeen

There is a great deal to admire in this volume. Collins has a thorough knowledge of each of her poets’ work, and each chapter aims to deal with nearly the complete oeuvre of the writer at hand. The prose style is clear and concise. There are a wide range of critics and theorists mentioned throughout the text, and a number of topics are brought up in relation to the poetry. And Collins has a knack for choosing the right passage or poem to bring into play.
Eric Falci  

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

224 Pages

ISBN: 9781781381878

Publication: September 14, 2015

Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 66

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