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Postcolonial Overtures
The Politics of Sound in Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry

Julia C. Obert

Cloth $34.95s    |    978-0-8156-3400-3    |    2015

ebook 978-0-8156-5349-3

"The real strength of this monograph lies in Obert’s innovative argument regarding the identification of meta-geographical acoustic space through which sound travels, necessarily transgressing and destabilizing political and cultural borders."—Irish Studies Review

"Postcolonial Overtures offers a striking new perspective on postcolonial poetics, and Obert’s graceful, confident prose makes it a pleasure to read. She writes with the consummate skill of a critic who knows how to listen to language—and to the world around us."—New Hibernia Review

"Obert’s readings are elegant, formally sophisticated, and persuasive, with insights drawn from affect theory, cognitive neuroscience, and a deep familiarity with both classic prosody and musical structures... Her writing itself offers a kind of aural pleasure typical of the writers she studies but much rarer in the scholarly writing scholars practice. Overall, in both her close readings and her larger cultural analysis, Obert’s work is a resounding success."—Breac, A digital journal of Irish studies

"In Postcolonial Overtures, Julia Obert charts a new and exciting trajectory for thinking about contemporary Northern Irish poetry. In deft, lively readings of Carson, Mahon, and Muldoon, Obert shows how their poetry is catalyzed by the matter and problem of sound—the sounds that poems can make, the sounds represented within them, and the sounds of the world that surround them. . . . beautifully written."—Eric Falci, associate professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

"A serious contribution to our understanding of how the acoustics of poetry needs to be incorporated into our reading of Northern Irish poetry. . . . Well-researched and thoughtfully argued."—Richard Rankin Russell, professor of English, Baylor University

  Postcolonial Overtures

  Julia C. Obert is assistant professor and assistant chair in the Department of English at the University of Wyoming.

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