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The Language of Empire and the Empire of Language: Joyce and the Return of the Postcolonial Repressed
(Four Courts Press, 2007)
This chapter examines the importance of language in the imperial project and the importance of language as a deconstruction of that project. It looks specifically at the language of James Joyce and argues that his work ...
‘Both more than a language and no more of a language’: Michael Hartnett and the Politics of Translation.
(Four Courts Press, 2003)
This essay looks at the politics of translation through a specific focus on the poetry, in Irish and in English, of Michael Hartnett. It suggests a politics of translation that is emancipatory and creative, and deconstructs ...
Ireland, Modernity and the Question of Definition
(The Journal of Music in Ireland, 2003)
This essay is an exploration of the notion of modernity, and its relationship with tradition. It is a response to John Waters’ article on modernity entitles ‘Reactionary Progressives’. I will respond to the article in ...
‘Sunk past its gleam in the meal bin’: the kitchen as source in the poetry of Seamus Heaney (Pre-print version)
(Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 2018)
This article will examine the use of food, and especially food as cooked in a kitchen, as a symbolic trope in the writing of Seamus Heaney. It will address the kitchen as a locus amoenis of comfort, warmth and positivity ...
Introduction: "The soul exceeds its circumstances": the later poetry of Seamus Heaney (Pre-published version)
(University of Notre Dame Press, 2016)
Ireland in Theory: the Influence of French Theory on Irish Cultural and Societal Development
(Peter Lang, 2004)
This essay argues that the advent of French literary and cultural theory, specifically the work of Barthes, Foucault, Derrida and Lacan, has been responsible for some of the accelerated social changes that Ireland has ...
Connecting Bits and Pieces- Seamus Heaney: Electric Light
(Nua: Studies in Contemporary Irish Writing, 2002)
This review essay examines the recurrence of different themes in Seamus Heaney’s Collection Electric Light. It retraces influence of T.S. Eliot in the book and also the ongoing preoccupation with classical references. The ...
Intellectual Imposters?- We Should be so Lucky!:Towards an Irish Public Sphere
(Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2009)
Looking back on the challenge posed to critical theory by the publication in 1999 of Sokal and Bricmont’s book, Intellectual Impostures, this essay argues that the latter was at least evidence of the ongoing vitality of ...
Winterwood: A Portrait of the Artist as a Postmodern Pariah
(Peter Lang, 2008)
Postmodernism is often seen as following sequentially from modernism but I would agree with Lyotard’s contention that postmodernism is actually ‘a part of the modern.’ Lyotard goes on to state that a work ‘can become modern ...