Cork University Press has today published The Female Figure in Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's Poetry by Patricia Boyle Haberstroh. This is a comprehensive study of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, one of the most important contemporary Irish poets and the subject of growing international acclaim. Covering her volumes up to the most recent, The Sun-fish, it examines the role of the female figure in her poetry. Combining figures from history, folklore, myth, and sacred legends with those of contemporary women, including some in her own family, Ni Chuilleanáin challenges reductive stereotypes and one-dimensional images.
Short-listed in 2010 for both the T.S. Eliot and the Irish Times Poetry Now awards, Ní Chuilleanáin’s poetry has recently gained international attention; an edition of her Selected Poems, published in 2008, has also brought her work to a wider reading public.
Patricia Boyle Haberstroh, Department of Fine Arts, La Salle University, USA and is the editor of Opening the Field: Irish Women, Texts and Contexts (2007, Cork University Press)