Reading Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, a Contemporary Irish Poet: The Element of the Spiritual (Hardback)Irene Gilsenan Nordin
Hardback Published: 01/02/2009
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This is the first full-length study of Eilean Ni Chuilleanain. The author uses the theories of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida to demonstrate how poetry can give voice to the existential experience of being. The work highlights the strong sense of the spiritual in the poetry of Ni Chuilleanain, and traces how her poetry gives voice to the secret space beyond articulation, the poised moments of quietude and contemplation beyond language. In her painstaking and detailed observations of everyday phenomena and activities, Ni Chuilleanain in her poetry captures the liminal, epiphanic moments of the everyday, transforming the ordinary and the extraordinary. Using a phenomenological and psychoanalytic approach, where focus is given to the interconnectedness of self and world and the bodily aspect of the experience, the study demonstrates how language and being are united in an interactive fusion, as the speaking subject gives voice to both the existential and spiritual aspects of human experience.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd