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Contemporary Irish Women PoetsMemory and Estrangement$
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Lucy Collins

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381878

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381878.001.0001

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Memory, Estrangement and the Poetic Text

Memory, Estrangement and the Poetic Text

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Introduction Memory, Estrangement and the Poetic Text
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Contemporary Irish Women Poets
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Lucy Collins

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381878.003.0001

This introduction explores the complex relationship between Irish women poets and the national tradition and examines the role of memory in shaping perceptions of individual subjectivity and literary community. Both public and private pasts are the focus of intense scrutiny by women poets in the interrogation of their position within creative and critical fields. Here the many implications of this personal-political dynamic are teased out. This debate encompasses both the cultural and linguistic consequences of the processes of individual and collective memory, and examines the relationship between poetry’s concern with subjectivity and with its potential for political engagement.

Keywords:   Contemporary Irish Poetry, Irish Women Poets, Memory Studies, Irish Literary Tradition, Poetry and Poetics, Subjectivity in Poetry, Intertextuality in Poetry

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