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Scholarcast 18 : Dynamism, deixis and cultural positioning in some contemporary poetry

Abstract: Among the many divergent strands of Irish and Welsh cultural history, one commonality stands out: the profoundly self-conscious preoccupation with nationality and nationhood. For decades, political and cultural thinkers have troped this concern in the spatialized relation between centre and periphery. This paper finds poets working on both sides of the Irish Sea strategically critiquing the exhausted-seeming dialectic of the centre-periphery paradigm, in their anti-deterministic deployment of deixis, the term assigned by cognitive linguists to words which point or position. The few existing studies of deixis in poetry typically presume on its unvarying functional effect: to situate and anchor the voice(s) and environment(s) of the poetic text. Interestingly, poets like Catherine Walsh and Zoe Skoulding, writing out of Ireland and North Wales respectively, call that assumption into question. Both these poets use deictic signifiers in ways which deliberately, arguably self-protectively, fail to fix their texts in a range of potential cultural contexts.

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Dublin, Ireland : University College Dublin
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Type of Resource
sound recording
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00:34:33 ; 49.9 MB (audio/mpeg) — Digital origin: born digital — Reformating quality: access
iTunes keywords
UCD, Scholarcast, Art, Culture, English, Drama, Alice Entwistle, Poetry, Aesthetics, Book, British Isles, Criticism, literature, Wales, Welsh, Irish
Languages
English  
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Lectures   linked data (lctgm) Podcasts
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English poetry--Irish authors   linked data (lcsh)
English poetry--Welsh authors   linked data (lcsh)
National characteristics, Irish, in literature   linked data (lcsh)
National characteristics, Welsh, in literature   linked data (lcsh)

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Metadata creation date: 2011-11-19 — Machine generated via XSLT from the source metadata at http://www.ucd.ie/scholarcast/scholarcast.xml

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