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Seamus Heaney as Aesthetic Thinker
A Study of the Prose

Eugene O’Brien

Cloth $65.00L    |    978-0-8156-3460-7    |    2016

Paper $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3448-5    |    2016

ebook 978-0-8156-5372-1

"O’Brien’s strategy is a sound and thoroughly explored one and there is much to admire in this book due to its persistence, or insistence, on the value of Heaney’s prose."—Irish Studies Review

"An illuminating, thoughtful, well-informed study. It’s a passionate defense of poetry itself."— Australasian Journal of Irish Studies

"O’Brien’s book fulfils a crucial need in the field for further examination of poetry through the lens of literary theory and aesthetic tradition. His book is a must-read for Heaney scholars, beginning and advanced, seeking an introduction to the poet’s aesthetic thought."—Nordic Irish Studies

"In his most recent book on Seamus Heaney, O’Brien commendably situates this prolific, mutable poet’s prose in the canon of conceptual thought that some call theory and some philosophy; more specifically, within the European aesthetic tradition after Kant and Hegel."—Dublin Review of Books

"O’Brien uses his wide-ranging knowledge of critical theory to illuminate Heaney’s positions on ideological and aesthetic issues, and to put Heaney’s writing in the context of the European intellectual tradition."—Henry Hart, Mildred and J. B. Hickman Professor of Humanities, College of William and Mary

"Establishes a new and much richer paradigm for understanding this crucial dimension of Heaney’s oeuvre."—Andrew J. Auge, author of A Chastened Communion: Modern Irish Poetry and Catholicism

  Seamus Heaney

  Eugene O’Brien is a senior lecturer and head of the Department of English Language and Literature at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. He is the author of numerous books, including Seamus Heaney and the Place of Writing.

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