Fearghal Duffy: ‘A Fable for Tomorrow’

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‘THERE WAS ONCE a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms, with fields of grain and hillsides of orchards where, in spring, white clouds of bloom drifted above the green fields. ‘In autumn, oak and maple and birch set up a blaze of color that flamed and flickered across a… Read More

Fearghal Duffy: The Scribe in the Woods

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  There is a beautiful little two-quatrain poem which is found in the margin of a folio in the St. Gall manuscript that in English is often called ‘The Scribe in the Woods’. In this poem we have a scribe who finds or imagines himself to be out-of-doors writing poetry in a forest. This translation is taken from Gerard Murphy’s collection of medieval Irish poetry, Early Irish Lyrics. A Hedge of trees… Read More

Louise Brady – The Art of Andy Goldsworthy

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I thought I would use this blog entry to post some information about the artist Andy Goldsworthy – who, I feel, is exploring the same issues through visual art, as those of ecocriticm.  Midsummer Snowballs, London, 2000. He uses no man-made materials in the production of his work – his work exists temporally and is site specific, produced in both natural and urban settings. He came to mind while I was reading… Read More

Fearghal Duffy: Creative Ecocriticism

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My research takes an ecocritical approach to medieval Irish literature. The most basic definition of ecocriticism is that it is the study of the relationship between literature and the environment. It seeks to make the category of nature as central to the humanities as class, race, and gender are at present. Ecocriticism does not simply involve documenting and discussing nature imagery as an object of study and placing it in a historical… Read More