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Eavan Boland

Lorna Hardwick and James I. Porter

in Sibylline Sisters

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199582969
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582969.003.0004

Series: Classical Presences

Eavan Boland

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Eavan Boland draws on Virgil's poetry to articulate a highly personal experience of displacement and loss, which she situates within a wider context of geographical and political exclusion. Her relationship with Virgil allows her not only to voice her experience of being exiled from the canon of Western literature on account of her gender, but also to explore her position as an Irish writer, attempting to establish an identity within the wider anglophone world. Her work strengthens a wider trend of contemporary Irish writers turning to the Classics as a means of exploring their own national identity, and yet, the exclusion entailed by her gender means that her experience of any negotiations of her position within such a trend are highly fraught and tenuous.

Keywords: Virgil; women writers; displacement; loss; exclusion; Irish writers; Irish poets; contemporary women poets; women's poetry

Chapter.  9382 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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