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Rites of defilement: abjection and the body politic in Northern Irish poetry

Brewster, S 2005, 'Rites of defilement: abjection and the body politic in Northern Irish poetry' , Irish University Review: a Journal of Irish Studies, 35 (2) , pp. 304-319.

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Abstract

It might be argued that Northern Ireland--a territorial and signifying space whose meanings and boundaries have been so violently contested, a body politic sustained and racked by anomalous and permeable partition--has been in the condition of abjection since its foundation. Against this disorder, Northern Irish writing has often been posited as a purifying, redemptive force, able to 'hold a plea' with the rage of conflict and crisis. (1) Yet, for Julia Kristeva, it is literature that carries the full power of abjection into effect; all literature...

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Irish University Review: a Journal of Irish Studies
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00211427
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 16:49
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1305

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