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Title: Rewritings, appropriations, deformations : aspects of intertextuality in contemporary Northern Irish poetry.
Author(s): Lavery, Ian
Keywords: English poetry - Irish authors - History and criticism.
Irish poetry - 20th century - History and criticism.
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: University of Stirling
Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to examine the ways in which four Northern Irish poets - Seamus Heaney, Tom Paulin, Paul Muldixm and Medbh McGuckian - have assimilated, or appropriated, other literary traditions, texts and influences into their own work, and how these appropriations express themes central to their work. A short intrtKiuction sets out the main themes and subjects: how the opening of the space ot these texts through translation and what is called ‘creative appropriation’ links in with the poets continual tussling with the ever-presence of politics and history. The first chapter focusses on the influence of Robert Lowell and, particularly, Dante on what I argue have proven to be Seamus Heaney’s ‘pivotal collections, Field Work and Station Island: and I relate the notion of ‘translation’ to Heaney’s ideas ot ‘amphibiousness’, of the artist being ‘placed and displaced’. The second chapter looks at the ways in which Tom Paulin has ‘de-formed’ and re-formed his own poetry through assimilating the example of Russian and Eastern European writers, and how translation has also played a part in this. Chapter Three considers Paul Muldoon’s relentless ‘creative appropriations’, his magpie ‘intertextualizing from other authors, as an expression of a central theme in his work: ‘dis-integration . The fourth chapter advances a reading of Medbh McGuckian’s ‘transgressive’ poetry through an analysis of intertexts implicated in it: Freud, W.R. Rixlgers and - in particular - the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam. My conclusion endeavours to draw various strands of the thesis together and forwards the idea of Northern Irish poetry proving exceptionally ‘pervious’ to outside influences.
Type: Thesis or Dissertation

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