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Limits of Orality and Textuality in Ciaran Carson’s Poetry

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Following the evolution of Ciaran Carson’s work, this book aims to trace the tension between orality and textuality, which can be discerned in the poetry of the Northern-Irish writer. Assuming these forces to be the two major sources of all literature, the author delineates, using deconstruction, how they inform and structure Carson’s poetic œuvre. Further thematic analyses focus on three major themes: memory, city and history, adopting various critical approaches, among them New Historicism and psychoanalysis. Finally, taking cue from Carson’s later work, an epistemological and metaphysical dimension of his poetry is revealed. This serves as the final vantage point from which the author offers a potential glimpse beyond the said dialectic, unveiling Carson’s broadly ethical project.
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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

This publication was financially supported by Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin.

Reviewers: Małgorzata Grzegorzewska Jerzy Jarniewicz

Cover illustration printed with kind permission of Jerzy Durczak.

ISSN 2194-5918 ISBN 978-3-631-64745-5 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-04404-1 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-04404-1

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