Representations of the house in the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Vona Groarke
concern has been evident and the built
environment of her more recent poems is also culturally contextualised.
Often the building may be a church or convent rather than a house.
Throughout Ní Chuilleanáin’s work, religious institutions are seen to
offer the security and support more usually associated with the family
home and her sense of the religious community is one of female opportunity rather than limitation. ‘In Her Other Ireland’ sees the austerity
of religious life bizarrely placed alongside (or within) the world of the
seaside fairground, creating two opposing
Sustainability, subject and necessity in Yann Martel’s Life of
conception of ‘other’ – both of
which turn out to be necessary to his survival. Through imposing such
a dynamic, placing Pi under a fiscal austerity of sorts, the novel explores
not just the challenges faced by collective humanity but also the difficulties
and costs to which such challenges give rise. Through Pi’s first-person
narration, the novel foregrounds the impacts of perspective, the impossibilities of (absolute) knowing, the possibilities of encounter, and the
ways in which intention and necessity can put us at odds with ourselves.
As the novel progresses, Pi