Heaney and Muldoon: Omphalos and Diaspora

Elmer Kennedy-Andrews

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Abstract

    The essay argues that for Heaney, place is the primal and primary determinant - the ground, the omphalos - of identity, stability and continuity for both self and community. Displaced from origins, from family and community, from a traditional folkloric ethos and magical world-view, he reconstitutes himself in a literary culture through which he seeks to recuperate and re-enter the 'first place' of childhood, to re-discover the mythical centre, the omphalos, in the super-reality of the text. By contrast, Muldoon dispels the sacramental sense of place, essentialist notions of identity, and nostalgic visions of lost plenitude. His alter/native text relishes the dialogue of difference, creating a world of process in which language, identity, tradition, nation are scattered, and we are inducted into hybrid states and composite cultures.
    LanguageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPaul Muldoon: Poetry, Prose, Drama: A Collection of Critical Essays
    EditorsElmer Kennedy-Andrews
    Pages101-127
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006

    Fingerprint

    Diaspora
    Essentialist
    Composite Culture
    Plenitude
    World View
    Literary Culture
    Continuity
    Ethos
    Language
    Childhood
    Sense of Place

    Keywords

    • Seamus Heaney
    • Paul Muldoon
    • contemporary Irish poetry
    • home
    • diaspora
    • migrancy

    Cite this

    Kennedy-Andrews, E. (2006). Heaney and Muldoon: Omphalos and Diaspora. In E. Kennedy-Andrews (Ed.), Paul Muldoon: Poetry, Prose, Drama: A Collection of Critical Essays (pp. 101-127)
    Kennedy-Andrews, Elmer. / Heaney and Muldoon: Omphalos and Diaspora. Paul Muldoon: Poetry, Prose, Drama: A Collection of Critical Essays. editor / Elmer Kennedy-Andrews. 2006. pp. 101-127
    @inbook{71a6d8a8a83d45e68cfd8c191de08ecb,
    title = "Heaney and Muldoon: Omphalos and Diaspora",
    abstract = "The essay argues that for Heaney, place is the primal and primary determinant - the ground, the omphalos - of identity, stability and continuity for both self and community. Displaced from origins, from family and community, from a traditional folkloric ethos and magical world-view, he reconstitutes himself in a literary culture through which he seeks to recuperate and re-enter the 'first place' of childhood, to re-discover the mythical centre, the omphalos, in the super-reality of the text. By contrast, Muldoon dispels the sacramental sense of place, essentialist notions of identity, and nostalgic visions of lost plenitude. His alter/native text relishes the dialogue of difference, creating a world of process in which language, identity, tradition, nation are scattered, and we are inducted into hybrid states and composite cultures.",
    keywords = "Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, contemporary Irish poetry, home, diaspora, migrancy",
    author = "Elmer Kennedy-Andrews",
    year = "2006",
    month = "11",
    day = "1",
    language = "English",
    isbn = "0-86140-459-9",
    pages = "101--127",
    editor = "Elmer Kennedy-Andrews",
    booktitle = "Paul Muldoon: Poetry, Prose, Drama: A Collection of Critical Essays",

    }

    Kennedy-Andrews, E 2006, Heaney and Muldoon: Omphalos and Diaspora. in E Kennedy-Andrews (ed.), Paul Muldoon: Poetry, Prose, Drama: A Collection of Critical Essays. pp. 101-127.

    Heaney and Muldoon: Omphalos and Diaspora. / Kennedy-Andrews, Elmer.

    Paul Muldoon: Poetry, Prose, Drama: A Collection of Critical Essays. ed. / Elmer Kennedy-Andrews. 2006. p. 101-127.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    TY - CHAP

    T1 - Heaney and Muldoon: Omphalos and Diaspora

    AU - Kennedy-Andrews, Elmer

    PY - 2006/11/1

    Y1 - 2006/11/1

    N2 - The essay argues that for Heaney, place is the primal and primary determinant - the ground, the omphalos - of identity, stability and continuity for both self and community. Displaced from origins, from family and community, from a traditional folkloric ethos and magical world-view, he reconstitutes himself in a literary culture through which he seeks to recuperate and re-enter the 'first place' of childhood, to re-discover the mythical centre, the omphalos, in the super-reality of the text. By contrast, Muldoon dispels the sacramental sense of place, essentialist notions of identity, and nostalgic visions of lost plenitude. His alter/native text relishes the dialogue of difference, creating a world of process in which language, identity, tradition, nation are scattered, and we are inducted into hybrid states and composite cultures.

    AB - The essay argues that for Heaney, place is the primal and primary determinant - the ground, the omphalos - of identity, stability and continuity for both self and community. Displaced from origins, from family and community, from a traditional folkloric ethos and magical world-view, he reconstitutes himself in a literary culture through which he seeks to recuperate and re-enter the 'first place' of childhood, to re-discover the mythical centre, the omphalos, in the super-reality of the text. By contrast, Muldoon dispels the sacramental sense of place, essentialist notions of identity, and nostalgic visions of lost plenitude. His alter/native text relishes the dialogue of difference, creating a world of process in which language, identity, tradition, nation are scattered, and we are inducted into hybrid states and composite cultures.

    KW - Seamus Heaney

    KW - Paul Muldoon

    KW - contemporary Irish poetry

    KW - home

    KW - diaspora

    KW - migrancy

    M3 - Chapter

    SN - 0-86140-459-9

    SP - 101

    EP - 127

    BT - Paul Muldoon: Poetry, Prose, Drama: A Collection of Critical Essays

    A2 - Kennedy-Andrews, Elmer

    ER -

    Kennedy-Andrews E. Heaney and Muldoon: Omphalos and Diaspora. In Kennedy-Andrews E, editor, Paul Muldoon: Poetry, Prose, Drama: A Collection of Critical Essays. 2006. p. 101-127