New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature

Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Canon

Critical Limitations and Textual Liberations

Authors: Keating, Kenneth

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  • Brings Derridean theory to bear, for the first time, on Irish poetry canon-formationArgues for problematising, challenging readings of Irish poetry rather than readings that define and explainOffers a number of striking new readings of the works of established and emerging Irish poets

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‘This book makes an important intervention into debates about influence and contemporary Irish poetry. Supported throughout by incisive reflections upon allusion, word choice, and formal structure, Keating brings to the discussion a range of new and lesser known voices which decisively complicate and illuminate its pronounced concerns with inheritance, history, and the Irish poetic canon.’ — Steven Matthews, Professor of English Literature, University of Reading, UK, and author of Irish Poetry: Politics, History, Negotiation and Yeats As Precursor

This book is about the way that contemporary Irish poetry is dominated and shaped by criticism. It argues that critical practices tend to construct reductive, singular and static understandings of poetic texts, identities, careers, and maps of the development of modern Irish poetry. This study challenges the attempt present within such criticism to arrest, stabilize, and diffuse the threat multiple alternative histories and understandings of texts would pose to the formation of any singular pyramidal canon. Offered here are detailed close readings of the recent work of some of the most established and high-profile Irish poets, such as Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian, along with emerging poets, to foreground an alternative critical methodology which undermines the traditional canonical pursuit of singular meaning and definition through embracing the troubling indeterminacy and multiplicity to be found within contemporary Irish poetry.

About the authors

Kenneth Keating is a postdoctoral researcher and occasional lecturer at University College Dublin, Ireland. He completed his doctoral research on Jacques Derrida and contemporary Irish poetry in 2014 and has published articles and reviews on the work of a number of poets. He is the editor of Smithereens Press. 

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“This book makes an important intervention into debates about influence and contemporary Irish poetry. Supported throughout by incisive reflections upon allusion, word choice, and formal structure, Keating brings to the discussion a range of new and lesser known voices which decisively complicate and illuminate its pronounced concerns with inheritance, history, and the Irish poetic canon.” (Steven Matthews, Professor of English Literature, University of Reading, UK, and author of “Irish Poetry: Politics, History, Negotiation and of Yeats As Precursor”)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Canon
Book Subtitle
Critical Limitations and Textual Liberations
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51112-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51112-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51111-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84569-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 259
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