Table of contents for The body and desire in contemporary Irish poetry / edited by Irene Gilsenan Nordin.


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INTRODUCTION: Re-Mapping the Landscape: The Body as
Agent of Political, Social and Spiritual Empowerment
in Contemporary Irish Poetry                          1
Irene Gilsenan Nordin
PART I THE BODY POLITIC: TERRITORIAL
RECONFIGURATION AND DESIRE
1 Abject State: Waste and the Exile of the Body in
Northern Irish Poetry                                21
Scott Brewster
2 History's Impasse: Journey, Haunt and Trace in the
Poetry of Medbh McGuckian                            40
Eluned Summers-Bremner
3  Thomas Kinsella's 'Local Knowledge'                  55
Robert Brazeau
4 The Body as Ethical Synecdoche in the Writing of
Seamus Heaney                                        79
Eugene O'Brien
PART II THE FEMALE BODY: WOMEN'S SEXUAL,
MATERNAL, AGEING BODIES AND DESIRE
5 'Words We Can Grow Old and Die In': Earth Mother
and Ageing Mother in Eavan Boland's Poetry          103
Veronica House
6 'My Being Cries Out to Be Incarnate': The Virgin Mary and
Female Sexuality in Contemporary Irish Women's Poetry  123
Michaela Schrage-Friih
7 'A Song for Every Child I Might Have Had': Infertility
and Maternal Loss in Contemporary Irish Poetry      144
Colleen A. Hynes
PART III THE EXISTENTIAL BODY: THE SELF AND
DESIRE FOR THE OTHER
8 'Like a Wished-For Body': Dialogues of Desire in the
Poetry of Medbh McGuckian                           163
Elin Holmsten
9 'Enough / is Enough': Suffering and Desire in the Poetry of
Thomas Kinsella                                     182
Lucy Collins
10  Medbh McGuckian and the Poetics of Mourning         197
Helen Blakeman
11  Touch and Go: Seamus Heaney and the Transcendence
of the Aesthetic                                    213
Charles I. Armstrong
12  'Betwixt and Between': The Body as Liminal Threshold
in the Poetry of Eil6an Ni Chuilleandin             226
Irene Gilsenan Nordin



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English poetry Irish authors History and criticism, English poetry 20th century History and criticism, Irish poetry 20th century History and criticism, Body, Human, in literature, Desire in literature, Kinsella, Thomas Criticism and interpretation, Heaney, Seamus, 1939- Criticism and interpretation, McGuckian, Medbh, 1950- Criticism and interpretation