Bearing witness to the body: Medbh Mcguckian's 'the flower master' and Paul Muldoon's 'quoof'

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-76
JournalAustralasian Journal of Irish Studies
Early online date31 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019



  • Irish poetry, contemporary poetry, women's poetry

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