Ciaran Carson : space, place, writing, 1st Edition by Carson, Ciaran; Alexander, Neal; Carson, Ciaran

By Carson, Ciaran; Alexander, Neal; Carson, Ciaran

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Ciaran Carson is without doubt one of the so much difficult and creative of up to date Irish writers, showing verbal brilliance, formal complexity, and highbrow bold throughout a remarkably assorted physique of labor. This research considers the complete diversity of his oeuvre, in poetry, prose, and translations, and discusses the main subject matters to which he returns, together with: reminiscence and background, narrative, language and translation, mapping, violence, and gear. It argues that the singularity of Carson's writing is to be present in his radical ingenious engagements with principles of area and position. town of Belfast, particularly, occupies a crucially vital position in his texts, serving as an imaginitive point of interest round which his many different issues are constellated. town, in all its unstable mutability, is an abiding body of reference and a reservoir of inventive impetus for Carson's mind's eye. hence, the ebook adopts an interdisciplinary technique that pulls upon geography, urbanism, and cultural conception in addition to literary feedback. It presents either a stimulating and thorough creation to Carson's paintings, and a versatile serious framework for exploring literary representations of area

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59 Kennedy-Andrews, Writing Home, pp. 11, 113, 258. 60 Kennedy-Andrews, Writing Home, p. 19. 61 Kennedy-Andrews, ‘For all I know’, p. 16. N. Herbert and Matthew Hollis, eds, Strong Words: Modern poets on modern poetry (Tarset: Bloodaxe, 2000), p. 235. indd 22 16/08/2010 09:38:43 ch a p ter one Imaginative Geographies: The Politics and Poetics of Space The singularity of a literary work, argues Derek Attridge, is best understood as an event in which the reader experiences both inventiveness and alterity.

It describes, in overtly mythopoeic terms, the arrival of the titular Celts on an unnamed island that the reader is to understand is Ireland, or a version of Ireland, lending shape and meaning to the natural landscapes they encounter through acts of naming and ceremonial burial. indd 38 16/08/2010 09:38:45 t h e p ol i t ic s a n d p oe t ic s of spac e 39 To hard hills of stone they will give The words for breast; to meadowland, The soft gutturals of rivers, Tongues of water; to firm plains, flesh, As one day we will discover Their way of living, in their death.

64 Such conflations are made explicit in Carson’s prose memoir, The Star Factory, where recollections of his Belfast childhood are intertwined with accounts of his attempts to navigate the metamorphic city of his dreams. One chapter relates ‘a tangled recurrent dream’ where the dense intersections of streets in central Belfast are described in such hallucinatory detail that the cityscape is rapidly destabilised, merging with its cinematic representation in Carol Reed’s 1947 film, Odd Man Out, but also retains an uncanny familiarity and realism: ‘Sometimes, with a doppelgänger jolt, I recognize this is the real world, only slightly altered since I last visited, or was invited, and I acknowledge my shadow’ (SF, 127, 129).

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