Following the evolution of Ciaran Carson's work, this book aims to trace the tension between orality and textuality, which can be discerned in the poetry of the Northern-Irish writer. Assuming these forces to be the two major sources of all literature, the author delineates, using deconstruction, how they inform and structure Carson's poetic uvre. Further thematic analyses focus on three major themes: memory, city and history, adopting various critical approaches, among them New Historicism and psychoanalysis. Finally, taking cue from Carson's later work, an epistemological and metaphysical dimension of his poetry is revealed. This serves as the final vantage point from which the author offers a potential glimpse beyond the said dialectic, unveiling Carson's broadly ethical project.
Grzegorz Czemiel received his PhD at the University of Warsaw and teaches at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin (Poland). Specializing in contemporary Northern-Irish poetry, he also explores such topics as cartography, translation and urban studies, psychoanalysis and speculative realism in philosophy.