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The Poetry of Medbh McGuckian
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This is the first collection of essays solely dedicated to the achievement of this remarkable Irish poet. The book contains eleven essays by internationally known scholars, a new interview with McGuckian herself, and a detailed bibliography. McGuckian’s critical reputation has grown dramatically over the last decade and she is now a poet with an international reputation. This collection provides a timely and engaging appraisal of her work.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 1. Speaking as the North: Self and place in the early poetry of Medbh McGuckian
  2. pp. 22-40
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  1. 2. A Gibbous Voice: The poetics of subjectivity in the early poetry of Medbh McGuckian
  2. pp. 41-67
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  1. 3. ‘Poetry must almost Dismantle the Letters’: McGuckian, Mallarmé and polysemantic play
  2. pp. 68-83
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  1. 4. Signs of encounters in Medbh McGuckian’s Poetry
  2. pp. 84-104
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  1. 5. The Space that Cleaves: The house and hospitality in Medbh McGuckian’s work
  2. pp. 105-116
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  1. 6. ‘Warding off an Epitaph’: Had I a thousand lives
  2. pp. 117-129
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  1. 7. ‘That Now Historical Ground’: Memory and atrocity in the poetry of Medbh McGuckian
  2. pp. 130-146
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  1. 8. Medbh McGuckian and the politics of minority discourse
  2. pp. 147-161
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  1. 9. ‘They Come into It’: The muses of Medbh McGuckian
  2. pp. 162-176
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  1. 10. Re-assembling the Atom: Reading Medbh McGuckian’s intertextual materials
  2. pp. 177-193
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  1. 11. Interview with Medbh McGuckian (Athol Hotel, Aberdeen, 6 May 2007)
  2. pp. 194-206
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 208-213
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  1. Notes and references
  2. pp. 215-245
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 247-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-262
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