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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 ...
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 ...
The anxiety of influence: Heaney and Yeats and the place of writing (Pre-published version)
(Nordic Journal of Irish Studies, 2004)
This essay compares and contrasts the writing of William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney in terms of their respective enunciations of place. Both writers have a pluralist and emancipatory sense of place, and real places and ...
'Because she was a girl': Gender identity and the postcolonial in James Joyce's 'Eveline'
(Irish Province of the Society of Jesus, 2004)