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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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Memories of the Future

Memories of the Future

(p.218) Conclusion Memories of the Future
Contemporary Irish Women Poets

Lucy Collins

Liverpool University Press

The relationship between the Irish woman poet and history has changed significantly in the work produced by the new generation of writers, emerging since the 1980s. To conclude this exploration of the role of memory in the work of contemporary Irish women poets, the idea of intergenerational relationships is directly examined. Using the work of Sara Berkeley, Leontia Flynn, Sinéad Morrissey and Leanne O’Sullivan, this chapter considers the loss and the making of memory as it is represented in these relationships, which are at once deeply personal but also linked to the formation of the creative self within a literary tradition. For this younger generation, concepts of Irish identity are greatly expanded but this increasingly globalised perspective complicates, rather than eradicates, the preoccupation with the past.

Keywords:   Contemporary Irish Poetry, Irish Women Poets, Memory Studies, Sara Berkeley, Leontia Flynn, Sinéad Morrissey, Leanne O’Sullivan, Maternity in Poetry, Subjectivity in Poetry

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