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‘Ciaran Carson: Spy in the Superior Turret’

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Hancock, Timothy (2009) ‘Ciaran Carson: Spy in the Superior Turret’. In: Ciaran Carson: Critical Essays. (Eds: Kennedy-Andrews, Elmer), Four Courts Press, pp. 142-160. ISBN 1846821622 [Book section]

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Carson is often depicted, and has often depicted himself, as a poet of the street and of the people, operating beyond and in opposition to the ivory towers of academe. His championing of Irish traditional music, and denigration of classical music, reflects this attitude. Through analysis of Carson's prose and poetry, this chapter argues that his work is more sophisticated, and his allegiances more divided, than might at first be evident; that he should be seen as a poetic fifth-columnist who, through his imaginative credentials, claims a right to occupy and assert authority over the space for poetry marked out by academe.

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > English
ID Code:13255
Deposited By:Dr Tim Hancock
Deposited On:11 May 2010 09:19
Last Modified:11 May 2010 09:19

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