Beyond Iconic Elusions: The Icon’s Excess in Eavan Boland’s Object Lessons and Poetry

Beyond Iconic Elusions: The Icon’s Excess in Eavan Boland’s Object Lessons and Poetry Abstract: This article argues that a clue to understanding a paradoxical ambivalence in Boland’s work: her wariness of “objectifying” something or someone for political or religious purposes, while at the same time she believes that attention to an object can indeed open up new ways of seeing. An understanding of the Eastern Orthodox theology of icons is both sympathetic to Boland’s aesthetic assumptions, and also contributes to the critical discussion of absences and presences in Boland’s poetry and prose. The article employs Jean Luc Marion’s phenomenological discussion of icons as it considers the processes whereby both reader and poet create and respond to an object’s “saturated” presence. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Hibernia Review Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas

Beyond Iconic Elusions: The Icon’s Excess in Eavan Boland’s Object Lessons and Poetry

New Hibernia Review, Volume 20 (2) – Jul 29, 2016

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Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas
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Copyright © 2008 The University of St. Thomas.
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Abstract: This article argues that a clue to understanding a paradoxical ambivalence in Boland’s work: her wariness of “objectifying” something or someone for political or religious purposes, while at the same time she believes that attention to an object can indeed open up new ways of seeing. An understanding of the Eastern Orthodox theology of icons is both sympathetic to Boland’s aesthetic assumptions, and also contributes to the critical discussion of absences and presences in Boland’s poetry and prose. The article employs Jean Luc Marion’s phenomenological discussion of icons as it considers the processes whereby both reader and poet create and respond to an object’s “saturated” presence.

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New Hibernia ReviewCenter for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas

Published: Jul 29, 2016

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