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Kinds of Between: The Margin as a Mainspring

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This chapter looks at how the historical marginality of women in literature affects the dense metaphorical representations of the liminal in Irish contemporary women’s poetry. Attention is paid to works by Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Medbh McGuckian and Vona Groarke in which a figurative threshold is foregrounded that coincides with a specific mode—a symbolic locale that is the site of the poet–muse encounter and the source of the poem’s effect. This chapter illustrates how various forms of semantic disruption and situational as well as linguistic marginality are used to explore the indeterminacy of poetic inspiration.

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Theinová, D. (2020). Kinds of Between: The Margin as a Mainspring. 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_6

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