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, 35 (2) , pp. 304-319.

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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: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Irish University Review
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0021-1427
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 16:49
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:05
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1305

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