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Northern Irish Poetry and the Russian Turn

Intertextuality in the Work of Seamus Heaney, Tom Paulin and Medbh McGuckian


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Seamus Heaney, Tom Paulin and Medbh McGuckian are the three most influential poets from Northern Ireland who have composed poems with a link to the Tsarist Empire and the Soviet Union. Through their references to Russia the three poets achieve a geographical and mental detachment allowing them to turn a fresh eye on the Northern Irish situation.


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  1. 1.École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)France

About the authors

STEPHANIE SCHWERTER teaches translation studies and comparative literature at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and chairs the German-French translation programme at the Fondation Maison des sciences de l'Homme in Paris, France. Before moving to France in 2008, she lived in Northern Ireland and worked at the University of Ulster and at Queen's University Belfast.

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