The poet, the philosopher and the birds: narrative, self and repetition in Richard Murphy

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dc.contributor.author 23459220 - Meihuizen, Nicholas Clive Titherley
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-03T07:44:59Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-03T07:44:59Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Meihuizen, N.C.T. 2011. The poet, the philosopher and the birds: narrative, self and repetition in Richard Murphy. English Academy review: Southern African journal of English studies, 28(1):53-63. [http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/racr20/current] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1013-1752
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5360 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/7427
dc.description The journal of the English Academy of Southern Africa en_US
dc.description.abstract This article draws on Richard Murphy's memoirs, The Kick (2002. London: Granta) and his poem 'Wittgenstein and the birds', from his Collected poems 1952-2000 (2001. Winston-Salem: Wake Forest University Press, p. 6) to try to define his particular approach to life writing, which I believe to be significantly different in its constructive premises from that of most other memoir-writers and autobiographers. That is, if most writers of memoirs check the events which they are narrating against their memories, 'notoriously fallible and open to schematization', as Jerome Bruner notes in Narrative and identity (2001. Selfmaking and world-making. eds. Jens Brockmeier and Donal Carbaugh, 25-38. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, p. 28), or against the memories of family members and friends, Murphy draws on his contemporary notebooks, meticulously maintained over many years. Through this memorial and writerly resource he exerts his control over his material, a control always judiciously employed, in keeping with a partiality for what I call 'classical formalism' in his poetry. Memoir writing and poetry, in this respect, share in source material which, considering the initial care Murphy took in writing up his notebooks, impacts on present technical realization in an inherently aesthetic manner. The article concludes by considering the writerly and psychological implications of this control. en_US
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10131752.2011.574002
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.subject Archive of fiction en_US
dc.subject archive of the real en_US
dc.subject atomic facts en_US
dc.subject autobiographical criticism en_US
dc.subject Derrida en_US
dc.subject formalism en_US
dc.subject Seamus Heaney en_US
dc.subject Irish poetry en_US
dc.subject Wittgenstein en_US
dc.title The poet, the philosopher and the birds: narrative, self and repetition in Richard Murphy en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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