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    Derek Mahon's Nerval

    Shields, Kathleen (1995) Derek Mahon's Nerval. Translation and Literature, 4 (1). pp. 61-74. ISSN 0968-1361

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    The Northern Irish poet Derek Mahon published in 1982 a version of Gerard de Nerval's sonnet sequence Les Chimares, Nerval's best-known work both inside and outside France. In the English-speaking world there is a tradition of translating this sequence which began with the symbolist poet Arthur Symons. In this tradition Nerval is presented as a strange bohemian, a 'fol délicieux', or as a type of poète maudit? Mahon's text does not allude in any way to this tradition, or to the quotation of Nerval by English-language poets like Eliot in The Waste Land. Instead it appears as a fresh translation aimed at a public unfamiliar with Nerval. But there is another tradition which Mahon's Irish public would recognize, and this is the wealth of translations and Versions' which Irish poets publish as part of the body of their work...

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Surrealist poetry; Language translation; Narrative poetry; Sonnets; Irish poetry; Poetry; Chimeras; Syntax; Irish culture; Irish literature; English Literature; Translation and Comparative Linguistics; Twentieth Century; Mahon, Derek; The English Language; Authors;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > French
    Item ID: 11456
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    Depositing User: Dr. Kathleen Shields
    Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2019 14:12
    Journal or Publication Title: Translation and Literature
    Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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