The whale in contemporary Irish and Galician poetry
What is it about?
The motif of the whale abounds in contemporary Irish and Galician poetry. This article shows the various allegorical and ecological allusions to this marine mammal, especially in women's writing from these two communities. Informed by ecocriticism, this article examines the tensions between the empowering allegorical significance of the whale and its vulnerability as an endangered animal. Women writers from Galicia and Ireland often explore the motif of the whale's belly as a hospitable space of relative, rather than alienating, difference.
Why is it important?
This article questions anthropocentric and androcentric representations of animal life and identifies in the motif of the whale new ecocentric configurations of female subjectivity.
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