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Figures in a Landscape: Women on Language, Land and Desire

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This chapter explores how women poets contradict the stereotypical figuring of Irish landscape as a female body and reject the notions of idealised womanhood in the masculine canon. Adopting the perspective of the male admirer, poets such as Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Medbh McGuckian, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Eavan Boland reverse the conventional distribution of roles between the speaking subject and the inspiring object. As they were coming to terms with the stereotypes of the motherland and the inspiring feminine, the poets of the feminist generation frequently referred to the need for an alternative idiom, a “new language” in which they could make up for the historical silence of women. Many of their poems evidence original approaches to the landscape and offer revised views of postcolonial nationality.

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Theinová, D. (2020). Figures in a Landscape: Women on Language, Land and Desire. In: Limits and Languages in Contemporary Irish Women's Poetry. New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55954-0_3

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