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Kinship: people and nature in Emily Lawless’s poetry
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4960-3251
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 13, no 2, 6-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In both her prose writing and her poetry the Irish writer Emily Lawless (1845-1913) considers a number of environmental subjects, from mothing and dredging for shellfish and mollusks to gardening and the decline of the Irish woodland. A recurrent theme in her poetry is the concern for threatened environment, but dystopian images are balanced by portrayals of landscape as a source of spiritual wisdom and healing. Lawless’s focus is often on more insignificant examples of the natural world such as moths, crustaceans or bog-cotton rather than more conventional representations of natural beauty. Lawless was a Darwinist, and several of her poems thematise the interaction between the human and the natural world, frequently reversing the power relationship between humans and natural phenomena. A re-contextualisation of her poetry within the framework of nineteenth-century natural history, Darwinism and early ecological thought brings to the fore her exploration of the connections between nature, self and national belonging

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2014. Vol. 13, no 2, 6-22 p.
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Emily Lawless; Irish literature; early twentieth-century poetry; nature poetry; ecological thought
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Specific Literatures General Literature Studies
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English; Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93886OAI: diva2:751592
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