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Mythic Contexts and Marginalized Figures: Unveiling Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's Poetics

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The following is a discussion of how Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's poetic strategies are revealed through her representations of myth. Ní Chuilleanáin uses myth as a platform to maintain her enigmatic persona and to convey personal experiences without explicitly disclosing them. She also uses myth to question gender roles in hegemonic narratives. Through close readings I examine how Ní Chuilleanáin depicts women as missing or silenced in traditional myth and also how she amalgamates male mythic characters and marginalized female figures to deconstruct gender binaries and offer the latter a more active role. I also discuss her use of the Mary Magdalene figure and nuns to portray an empowered female figure that functions both inside and outside of the patriarchal order. Lastly, I examine Ní Chuilleanáin alongside Eavan Boland, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Medbh McGuckian to compare ways in which they all use myth to represent the female image, particularly in opposition to phallocentric metaphors for the female body.
subject
Eavan Boland
Eilean Ni Chuilleanain
Feminist poetry
Irish poetry
Medbh McGuckian
Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
contributor
Fitzpatrick, Nicole Ann (author)
Holdridge, Jefferson (committee chair)
DeShazer, Mary K. (committee member)
Hena, Omaar (committee member)
date
2014-07-10T08:35:39Z (accessioned)
2014-07-10T08:35:39Z (available)
2014 (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/39309 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
Mythic Contexts and Marginalized Figures: Unveiling Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's Poetics
type
Thesis

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