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Paul Painting Paul: Self-Portraiture and Subjectivity in Durcan's Poetry

McCracken, Kathleen (2012) Paul Painting Paul: Self-Portraiture and Subjectivity in Durcan's Poetry. ABEI Journal: The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies, 14 . pp. 105-112. [Journal article]

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In a significant number of Paul Durcan’s poems, a ‘character’ named Paul Durcan makes an appearance. Part autobiographical trace, part fictional construct, what does this enigmatic persona have to say about authorship, subjectivity and the potential for self-portraiture via poetic form? This article examines the multiple implications of Durcan’s apparent self-inscription in light of Barthes’s notion of the death of the author, Foucault’s author function, and Durcan’s own perception of the poetry collection as a verbal picture gallery.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Paul Durcan, self-portraiture, death of the author, author function, Barthes, Foucault
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > English
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:25684
Deposited By: Dr Kathleen McCracken
Deposited On:16 Apr 2013 08:25
Last Modified:09 Mar 2015 16:14

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