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Neal Alexander

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314780

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316203

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Spatial Stories: Narrative and Representation

Spatial Stories: Narrative and Representation

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(p.143) Chapter Five Spatial Stories: Narrative and Representation
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Ciaran Carson
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316203.006

This chapter examines Ciaran Carson's interests in and experiments with narrative, particularly his adaptations of procedures and formulas employed in traditional Irish storytelling. It suggests that narrative appeals to Carson because it provides a means of shaping or patterning the chaos of experience, though he recognizes its limited capacity to impose any singular and exclusive interpretation of events. This chapter also considers the antithetical principles of connection and disconnection in Carson's poem Dresden.

Keywords:   narrative, Ciaran Carson, Irish storytelling, chaos of experience, Dresden

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