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North: The Politics of Plurality
(Nua: Studies in Contemporary Irish Writing, 1999)
This essay will offer a theoretical reading both of North, and its critics; it will also analyse the criticisms of North in terms of its speaking with the voice of the tribe. I hope to demonstrate that, in fact, what is ...
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 ...
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 ...
The Place of Writing: Place, Poetry, Politics in the Writing of Seamus Heaney
(Hermathena,Trinity College Dublin, 1998)
This chapter examines Heaney’s use of classical imagery as a literary device through which he can address issues of political and cultural identity in Northern Ireland. It looks at heaney’s prose, early poetry and some ...
The Body as Ethical Synecdoche in the Writing of Seamus Heaney
(Irish Academic Press, 2006)
This essay examines the imaginative use of images of the violently abused body in the writing of Seamus Heaney. Looking at The Cure at Troy and The Burial at Thebes, this essay also looks at real bodies – victims of the ...
At the Frontier of Language: Literature, Theory, Politics
This essay examines the problematics of language and identity. Beginning with a deconstructive reading of Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Broagh’, it moves on to deconstruct the signifier of Ulster, showing how the use of this term, ...