This essay takes as its focus Medbh McGuckian's The Flower Master (1982) and Paul Muldoon's Quoof (1983), paying particular attention to the ways in which these texts bear witness to the body. It explores the connections between them and argues that these collections, both written at the height of the Northern Ireland Troubles and in the immediate aftermath of the 1981 Maze Prison hunger strike, are inflected and animated by an ethical crisis of witnessing provoked by the image of the abject body.
|Journal||Australasian Journal of Irish Studies|
|Early online date||31 Oct 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Irish poetry, contemporary poetry, women's poetry