Vol. 9 No. 9 (2019): Whose Homelands? Fictions, Facts and Questions of the Irish Diaspora
Miscellanea

Ecological Theory, Protestant Theology, and Derek Mahon’s Sense of the Natural World

James Mc Elroy
Laboratorio editoriale OA / Dip. LILSI
Published June 12, 2019
How to Cite
Mc Elroy, J. (2019). Ecological Theory, Protestant Theology, and Derek Mahon’s Sense of the Natural World. Studi Irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, 9(9), 483-506. https://doi.org/10.13128/SIJIS-2239-3978-25526

Abstract

A close reading of Derek Mahon’s ocean-grounded and meteorologically rounded poems with direct reference to his stance on ecology and the environment. The article argues that Mahon’s sense of the natural world – and the ways in which it is under siege at the hands of man – finds a certain resemblance in his background as a Northern Irish Protestant who was brought up on a theology of apocalypse.

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