Introduction: For All I Know. Ciaran Carson in Conversation with Elmer kennedy-Andrews

Elmer Kennedy-Andrews

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    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCiaran carson: Critical Essays
    EditorsElmer Kennedy-Andrews
    PublisherFour Courts Press
    ISBN (Print)978-1-84682-156-1, 978-1-84682-162-2
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jun 2009

    Bibliographical note

    Reference text: The essay shows how Heaney epitomizes the experience of the modern subject who feels inhibited about giving himself over to the experience of lostness, of going 'somewhere, well out, beyond' the known limits. It also shows how, in Heaney's more Romantic turns, and in Carson's postmodernism, the de-territorialized and disorientated condition of being lost becomes the ground of identity, the necessary condition of writing. In these modes, Heaney loses himself to find himself as a transcendent subject, while Carson loses himself to find himself as a perpetually nomadic author.


    • Ciaran Carson
    • Seamus Heaney
    • contemporary Irish poetry
    • contemporary Irish prose

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