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Examining Irish Nationalism in the context of Literature, Culture and Religion. A Study of the Epistemological Structure of Nationalism
(New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002)
Anastomosis, attenuations and Manichean allegories: Seamus Heaney and the complexities of Ireland (Pre-published version)
(JCPCS [Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies], 2001)
This essay discusses the nature of postcolonial versions of Irishness and deconstructs the Manichean categories of selfhood and alterity which feature in both colonial and postcolonial discourse. Using some ideas from ...
'Kicking Bishop Brennan up the arse...': Catholicism, deconstruction and postmodernity in contemporary Irish culture (Pre-published version)
(Columba Press, 2006)
This chapter will examine the changing role of the Catholic Church as structure in contemporary Ireland, seeing this altered role as part of a larger process of societal change across the western world. Indeed, what is ...
"Identities in the writer complexus": Joyce, Europe and Irish identities (Pre-published version)
(Rodopi Press, 2003)
This chapter examines forms of negative identity in terms of two intersecting verbal axes: Joyce‟s own term, gnomon and Jacques Derrida‟s term hauntology. Both terms gesture towards forms of negative identity which are the ...
Guests (Geists) of a Nation: A Heimlich (Unheimlich) Maneuver
(New Hibernia Review, 2007)
This chapter examines Frank O’Connor’s story ‘Guests of a Nation’, and looks at how guests often become ghosts in Irish history. The essay then looks at the ghosts of Irish republican ideology, Pearse and Tone, and goes ...
More than a language … no more of a Language’: Merriman, Heaney and the Metamorphoses of Translation
(Irish University Review, 2005)
This essay examines transformative force of translation, by reading Merriman through the refractive lens of Seamus Heaney’s The Midnight Verdict, the juxtaposition of Merriman’s text with that of classical tragedy, itself ...
The Subject of Poetry and the Subject of Theory
(Nordic Journal of Irish Studies Special Issue Contemporary Irish Poetry, 2004)
This essay looks at three poems by Seamus Heaney in the light of Jacques Lacan’s theories of the subject. The type of subjectivity that is revealed in the poems is analysed, looking at Heaney’s early poems ‘Digging’ and ...
Derrida, Heaney, Yeats and the Hauntological Redefinition of Irishness
This essay begins by deconstructing the logo of the Centre for Migration studies as a way of outlining a differential perspective on Irish identity. Eschewing the traditional view of identity as sameness, this article ...
The Force of Law in Seamus Heaney's Greek Translations
(Careysfort Press, 2008)
This essay examines the use of law in Heaney’s Greek translations: The Burial at Thebes, and The Cure at Troy. For Derrida,, the founding moment of law, in a society or culture, is never a moment ‘inscribed’ in the history ...
'Through-otherness’ the deconstruction of language
(Pluto Press, 2003)