Alumni Book: Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem

Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem
Silence and Articulacy in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian
(Lexington Books, 2019)

book image:Silence and Articulacy in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckianSilence and Articulacy in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian is an innovative contribution to the scholarship on Belfast poet, Medbh McGuckian. This book considers the entire oeuvre of this globally respected Irish woman writer, a member of the contemporary avant-garde with now fifteen (U.S. published) volumes and numerous individual publications. The author positions McGuckian’s oeuvre as political and historical poetry and offers a provocative new assessment of its crafted silences. This work argues that it is the muted character of McGuckian’s poems—a consequence of a defamiliarized language, the overwhelming sway of the image, and a profusion of intertextual quoting—that constitutes their agency and force. The silences are read as a response to the precarious positionality of poet and speaker at the site of “disaster” and the limits of articulacy. In line with Rukeyser’s notion of the life of poetry, the life of McGuckian's silences is located, Fadem argues, in the poems’ production, as revealed self-reflexively, and in their prolonged consumption. This oeuvre operates as a formidable counter-discourse by converting poetry's reception into a much protracted task that redistributes the temporal economy of poem and reader and disrupts the given structures of time, place, and the order of things. 

Ruprecht Fadem recieved her Ph.D. in English in 2012 from The Graduate Center and is currently an associate professor of English at Kingsborough Community College.

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Submitted on: JUN 11, 2020

Category: Alumni News | English