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Open Access Tracing the Absent Real: The Poetry of Heather Dohollau

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Absence permeates Heather Dohollau's poetic practice, aligning her writing with some of Reverdy's key pronouncements on the function of poetry. This article explores how, caught up in an endless transit and negotiation between countries and languages, the poet makes of exile a window onto the 'absent real' — a continual slipping out of and beyond what we once were or now are, towards a fuller embrace of options only barely glimpsed or all too often obliterated by nostalgia or mourning.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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  • The Irish Journal of French Studies is an annual international refereed journal published by the Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande. Articles in English, French or Irish are welcomed on any aspect of research in the area of French and Francophone culture, society, literature and thought. Articles published within the last two years are available free online to members and may be purchased by non-members. All other articles are available on an open access basis.

    Please note that the Print ISSN listed for the journal on this website applies to volumes 1 to 10, and part of volume 16. All other volumes are published, in their entirety, on-line only.

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