Ciaran Carson: Critical Essays

Elmer Kennedy-Andrews (Editor)

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    This collection of thirteen essays, penned by an array of leading scholars in the field, is the first full-length crityical study of the Belfast poet and prose writer. Ciaran Carson has played a major role in the internationalizatiuon of Irish poetry from the late 1960s, through the 'Troubles', to the present time. Taken together, these essays chart the development of his diverse and prolific career, scrutinizing his experiments ina new urban poetics, including his obsessive concern with maps and labyrinths; they examine his interest in narrative, and explore the continuities between his poetry and prose; and they consider his relation to various poetic traditions - English Romantic, European Symbolist, Modernist and Postmodewrnist, Irish language, and contermporary American. The book also includes an interview given by Ciaran cartson to the editor.The Contents of the book include: 'Introduction: "For all I know": Ciaran Carson in Conversation with Elmer Kennedy-Andrews' Peter Denman - 'Language and the Prosodic Line in Carson's Poetry' David Wheatley - '"Pushed next to nothing': Ciaran Carson's Breaking News John Goodby - '"Walking in the City": Space, Narrative, Surveillance in The Irish for No and Belfast Confetti'Eamonn Hughes - '"The Mouth of the poem": Carson and PlaceStan Smith - '"Cruising to the podes": Ciaran Carson's Virtual Realities'Michael McAteer - 'The Word as Object: Commodification in the Poetry of Ciaran Carson'Tim Hancock - 'Ciaran Carson: The Spy in the Superior Turret'Patricia Horton - '"Faery lands forlorn": Reading Tradition in the Poetry of Ciaran Carson'Frank Sewell - 'Carson's Carnival of Language: The Influence of Irish and the Oral Tradition'Ciaran O'Neill - 'Borrowed Lines? A Reading of Ciaran Carson's American Influences'Jerzy Jarniewicz - 'Alphabets and Labyrinths in Ciaran Carson's Fishing for AmberElmer Kennedy-Andrews - 'Carson, Heaney, and the Art of Getting Lost'Alan Gillis - 'Acoustic Perfume'
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherFour Courts Press
    Number of pages284
    ISBN (Print)978-1-84682-156-1 hbk, 978-1-84682-162-2pbk
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jun 2009


    • contemporary Irish poetry
    • contemporary Irish prose


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