Seamus Heaney and Society

ISBN : 9780198822974

Rosie Lavan
208 Pages
138 x 138 mm
Pub date
Jan 2020
Oxford English Monographs
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In the course of Seamus Heaney's career he assumed roles across education, journalism, and broadcasting, as well as poetry. Seamus Heaney and Society presents a comprehensive and dynamic new engagement with one of the most celebrated poets of the modern period, appreciating how his work as a poet was shaped by his work as a teacher, lecturer, critic, and public figure. Seamus Heaney and Society draws on a range of archival material in order to revive the network of associations within which Heaney's work was written, published, and circulated. Mindful of the various spheres of his career, it assesses his achievements and status in Ireland, Britain, and the United States through newspapers, magazines, radio and television programmes, and manuscript drafts of key writings now held in the National Library of Ireland. Through asserting the significance of the cultural, institutional, and historical circumstances of Heaney's writing life it offers a re-examination of the writer in public, the social lives of the work of art, and the questions of obligations and responsibility which Heaney confronted throughout his career. Throughout, Seamus Heaney and Society addresses the nature and singularity of poetry and the ways in which these qualities are asserted, challenged, and sustained in Heaney's work. It demonstrates that despite the cultural standing and the scholarship that already surrounds his writing there is still a great deal to learn about, and to learn from, Seamus Heaney.


1 Publishing in London
2 Images of Belfast
3 Education and the Radio
4 Harvard and the Languages of Literature
5 Responsibilities

About the author: 

Rosie Lavan is an Assistant Professor in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. Her research centres on literature and culture in Ireland and Britain in the twentieth century, with particular interests in poetry and intersections between literature, the media, and visual arts. She has published widely on Seamus Heaney and modern poetry. This is her first book.

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