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Coming and Going: Eavan Boland and The Ablative // Articles // breac // University of Notre Dame

When Eavan Boland establishes herself as the object in Object Lessons (1996), she is clearly invoking a multi-layered pun: beyond serving as a “striking practical example of a principle or ideal,” as an Irish woman she has felt herself objectified in the national tradition; she has been the object of the male gaze; she objects to her status; she has been the object of the sentence, the noun to which things are done.[1] She invokes the many definitions of “object”: “a statement thrown in or introduced in opposition”; “something placed before the eye”; “something which on being seen excites a particular emotion, as admiration, horror, disdain, commiseration, amusement; a sight, spectacle, gazing-stock”; “that to which action, thought, or feeling is directed”; “the end to which effort is directed”; or “the fact of throwing itself or being thrown in the way.”[2] In the theoretical stance of subjectivity, she lists herself as object.

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Eyewear (the blog): GUEST REVIEW: OLDHAM ON NI CHONCHUIR

Andrew Oldham reviewsNuala Ni ChonchuirThe Juno Charm Many authors and poets have dealt with dissolution of a marriage; it is territory that asks one to tread carefully and honestly. However, couple this with pregnancy loss – ‘I will visit the rag tree at Clonfert,/pin a baby’s soother to its trunk,’ (taken from ‘An Unlucky Woman’) and fertility struggles – ‘then, after three months,/the heartsick, two-letter slip,/from foetal to fatal’ (taken from ‘Foetal’) and you have something born from pain and loss that is both honest, beautiful and with a sense of gestation. This is how The Juno Charm reads, it is not an exploration of the cerebral, it is demise and growth of one woman’s body, emotions and marriages. It would be deplorable to say that any marriage is purely based on though
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Theater review: 'The Steward of Christendom' leans too much on words - Los Angeles Times

Theater review: 'The Steward of Christendom' leans too much on words - Los Angeles Times | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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Gate keeper in the spotlight - Michael Colgan

Gate keeper in the spotlight - Michael Colgan | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
On the morning of July 17, 1950, there were no beds in the Coombe when Josie Colgan went in to give birth so her mother brought her home to the Liberties. Some hours later, the Coombe s
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The Little Book of Christmas Memories,Various Authors, Liberties Press

The Little Book of Christmas Memories,Various Authors, Liberties Press | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Nostalgic, heart-warming, and festively fun, this an uplifting collection of stories centred on memories of Christmases past.
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Sarah Clancy, 'Someone's Always Losing', All Ireland Poetry Slam Final, December 9, 2013

Connacht champion and 2nd place winner, last up at North Beach Nights in the second and final round of the All Ireland Poetry Slam Final at the Crane bar, Ga...
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Irish Writers: Dennis Lehane & John Banville

This episode of "Irish Writers in America," a new 13 part series from CUNY TV (City University of New York television station), features interviews with Denn...
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Mark Granier

    Three poems by Mark Granier     Keys At 18, I wore a bunch of them –– pendants on a leather thong. I wanted secrets to keep, the jingle, the little teeth turning the pins, o...
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Writers of the world call for end to mass online surveillance-Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín among 560 signatories to international appeal

Writers of the world call for end to mass online surveillance-Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín among 560 signatories to international appeal | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín among 560 signatories to international appeal
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Irish Theatre Magazine | Reviews | Current | Marvel

Irish Theatre Magazine | Reviews | Current | Marvel | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Marvel (Alma Emo) is a professional escort trafficked as a child from Liberia. She now works in Dublin under the management of the unseen but omnipresent Goran, a Croatian ‘businessman’ who has entrusted €230m to futures and hedge fund trader Dion (Liam Hourican). Part of their deal involves Dion enjoying the company of Marvel on a regular basis, a relationship based on financial transactions but seen to grow into a co-dependent romance as the action progresses. 
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Legend gives his own take on the greats

Legend gives his own take on the greats | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
HE'S been a bit in the doldrums has Brendan Behan, then along comes Justin Timberlake singing The Auld Triangle for a new film about Behan's lost weekend in New York and a whole new gen (3 CDs, "Words Alone," in which Ulick O'Connor holds forth on...
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Hollywood stars sign up for film of Sebastian Barry novel to be shot here

Hollywood stars sign up for film of Sebastian Barry novel to be shot here | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
FILM producer Noel Pearson has cast two Hollywood stars for his new movie, which is to be filmed in Ireland next year.
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salmonpoetry.com | On Corkscrew Hill by Stephen Murray

salmonpoetry.com | On Corkscrew Hill by Stephen Murray | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

On Corkscrew Hill chronicles a journey through the contemporary landscape of a nation on its knees. As the dust settles on a country trying to pick itself up from the precipice of economic annihilation, this collection examines the emotional and human cost that the boom, the recession and austerity has wrought upon the people and the landscape. From the alcoholic blight to the decay of the nation's mental health, from the bankers to the builders to the politicians and the clergy and back again to whatever it is that you find waiting for you on your doorstep, On Corkscrew Hill, challenges what almost a century of independence has brought for Ireland and its people.  It follows Stephen Murray’s critically acclaimed debut collection, House of Bees (Salmon, 2011).

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Book Reviews – The House on Parkgate Street by Christine Dwyer ...

Book Reviews – The House on Parkgate Street by Christine Dwyer ... | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
I remember my father owning a classic anthology of Irish short stories when I was a child. Many of the stories contained within were old intermediate and leaving cert standards, my favourite:Frank O'Connors Guests of the ...
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John Cummins, 'MC JC', All Ireland Poetry Slam Winner 2013

John Cummins closing the night right after he'd become the All Ireland Poetry Slam Champion 2013/14.
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Irish Poem of the Week: The Mayo Tao by Derek Mahon | Top of the ...

Irish Poem of the Week: The Mayo Tao by Derek Mahon | Top of the ... | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Mayo Tao I have abandoned the dream kitchens for a low fire and a prescriptive literature of the spirit; a storm snores on the desolate sea. The nearest shop is four miles away – when I walk there through the shambles of ...
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Poems by Mary Guckian

Poems by Mary Guckian | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Sandymount Strand   In the furrowed sand puddles fill the hollow spaces. the tide slowly overtakes the strollers, wandering out into the vast expanse of Sandymount Strand.   I recall the time we sa...
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Small Press Poetry and Indies 2013

Small Press Poetry and Indies 2013 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
A moveable feast of blogs and websites dedicated to poetry as literary form necessarily lacks an authoritative critical hub, which is an excellent thing. Current literary critique lends weight to f...
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Summertime by David Ireland

Summertime by David Ireland | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
With Northern Ireland's Health Minister, Edwin Poots, recently failing in his legal attempts to prevent the donation of blood by gay men and to ban adoption by civil partners, any play tackling the homophobia inspired by Christian fundamentalism is clearly addressing a vital topic in Northern Irish society. Yet while the issue is significant and contemporary, everything about Tinderbox’s production of David Ireland’s new play Summertime is old-fashioned. It's not just that it uses a wobbly box-set with scene changes in blackouts to indicate time passing. Nor is it even that the dramaturgy of Ireland's script feels like a formulaic response to a playwriting exercise. (Stability is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger, causing a rift between friends, a situation made worse by the scheming of a female figure. Resolution comes through an inevitable trauma and the outcome is the realisation by the central characters of what was blindingly obvious from the start.) No, the thing that is so regressive about this production is its assumption that if the issue is big enough it can transcend the need for stagecraft.
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Helen Waddell: Irish Woman Poet

Helen Waddell (1898 - 1965) was born in Tokyo where her father was a Presbyterian missionary. She moved to Belfast aged 11 and went on to study at Queen's and at Oxford. She is probably best known ...
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Review: The Seafarer/Seanachai Theatre Company | Newcity Stage

Review: The Seafarer/Seanachai Theatre Company | Newcity Stage | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Directed by Matt Miller and written less than a decade ago by Irish playwright Connor McPherson, “Seafarer” presents a world where you can learn a lot about a character by the drink they choose. There is the loud American ...
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