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Title: Objects in Irish poetry
Author: Green , Eleanor Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 6352 0177
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2016
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The principal objective of this thesis is to investigate the role which objects play in the poetry of six contemporary Irish poets: Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Eavan Boland, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Ciaran Carson and Paul Muldoon. The rationale for choosing these particular poets is based on my contention that, notwithstanding a common Irish heritage, aspects of specific cultural inheritance, location, age, and gender mean that, in contemplating the alterity that resides in objects, their poetic responses are not homogenous. A second objective is to demonstrate how the focus on objects is part o f a larger and growing debate about material culture, a term conceived in the late nineteenth century by anthropologists and archaeologists to refer to physical objects which give evidence of the type of culture developed by a society or group. Unlike Imagist predecessors who wrote about objects in such a way as to preclude contemplation o f anything other than the object itself, the manner in which these Irish poets write about objects invites entry into an expanded field o f social, cultural, historical and political meaning. The thesis comprises an Introduction, a separate chapter on each of the poets named above and a concluding chapter. These poets write about different kinds of objects and in very different ways. Seamus Heaney writes about ‘found’, once-useful objects; Derek Mahon about objects which enable a focus on his environmental concerns; Eavan Boland’s objects are synonymous with the domestic environment and also with play and leisure; Eilean Ni Chuilleanain writes about what can be described as ‘anxious’ objects in which there is a pervasive sense of the Freudian concept of the uncanny. Ciaran Carson focuses on objects related to home and family and also objects couched in the language of twentieth-century urban conflict; Paul Muldoon on objects which posit a dialogue of difference and a concern with transformation and cultural hybridity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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