Reading Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, a Contemporary Irish Poet: The Element of the Spiritual

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This is the first full-length study of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin. The work, using as its starting point the ideas of theorists such as Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida in relation to the unspeakable other, demonstrates how poetry can give voice to the existential experience of being.


“This study is convincing and path-breaking, not just because of its scholarly command, but also because it allows us in lasting and valuable ways to become complicit with, and extend our understanding of, the creative forces shaping the mysteriously artful poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.” – Prof. Anne Fogarty, University College Dublin

“The study is unique, to my knowledge, in that it employs a phenomenological and psychoanalytic approach to the verse under consideration, where the point of departure is the interconnectedness of self and world.” – Prof. Richard Kearney, Boston College

“This book arrives just as Ní Chuilleanáin is being recognized as an important and, indeed, major poet. To sustain her success, a book like this is necessary, and I can only celebrate its publication.” – Prof. Dillon Johnston, Washington University

Table of Contents

Foreword by Anne Fogarty
Introduction: The Glow of a Trace
1. The Poetics of Space
2. the Quest Theme
3. The Liminal Body
4. The Flesh and the Word
5. Exile and Insight
Conclusion: Passion for the Impossible

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