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Protecting a various variety of figures and matters from Jonathan Swifts pornographic poetry to Oscar Wildes well-known cello-shaped coat this ebook collapses Irish stories into the serious point of view of disability reports: linking 'Irishness' and 'disability' jointly permits the emergence of a brand new serious point of view, an Irish incapacity reports.
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Swift’s poem becomes a super-articulation of biopower – it embodies the 34 Disability, Representation and the Body in Irish Writing pleasure of disorder and the necessity of discipline in a simple literary form. The poem, and what it represents, is a gaudy tulip raised from dung. In the context of an Irish disability studies, this poem articulates a number of interties between Irish and English national identities. The poem constitutes an early engagement with the larger discourses that will now continue to emerge and that will negatively disable bodies that are different.
The primary level in which it may be discerned is in the interaction between a disabled and a nondisabled character, where a variety of tensions may be identified. 58 Representations of disabled figures in literary texts lead to a disruption within the text itself – a nervousness that appears in the readerly space between the disabled and non-disabled characters, in the assignment of symbols or motifs, and in the make-up of the form itself. In an analysis of representation in Irish literary texts, this textual or aesthetic nervousness, this symptom of disruption on the surface of the representation, is evident inside of individual texts, and also in the larger traditions of Irish literature and literary work.
The poem demonstrates and performs Swift’s understanding of the Irish body. That body is different, is defined in negative terms through its difference, is functionally impaired, and is negatively disabled. It is a body that needs to be fixed. Thus in the poem/fantasy it is the dynamic of Celia’s interior and exterior, her seemingly beautiful, flower-like, gaudy tulip body and her filthy essence or core, again her “shit,” that is played upon, that is exploited and violated, and that allows such normalization to even proceed and function.
Disability, Representation and the Body in Irish Writing: 1800-1922 by Mark Mossman