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Visualizing Dublin

Visual Culture, Modernity and the Representation of Urban Space


Edited By Justin Carville

Dublin has held an important place throughout Ireland’s cultural history. The shifting configurations of the city’s streetscapes have been marked by the ideological frameworks of imperialism, its architecture embedded within the cultural politics of the nation, and its monuments and sculptures mobilized to envision the economic ambitions of the state. This book examines the relationship of Dublin to Ireland’s social history through the city’s visual culture. Through specific case studies of Dublin’s streetscapes, architecture and sculpture and its depiction in literature, photography and cinema, the contributors discuss the significance of visual experiences and representations of the city to our understanding of Irish cultural life, both past and present.
Drawing together scholars from across the arts, humanities and social sciences, the collection addresses two emerging themes in Irish studies: the intersection of the city with cultural politics, and the role of the visual in projecting Irish cultural identity. The essays not only ask new questions of existing cultural histories but also identify previously unexplored visual representations of the city. The book’s interdisciplinary approach seeks to broaden established understandings of visual culture within Irish studies to incorporate not only visual artefacts, but also textual descriptions and ocular experiences that contribute to how we come to look at, see and experience both Dublin and Ireland.


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Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch was Curator of Irish Art (1998–2009) at the National Gallery of Ireland until her retirement. Before that she taught history of art at University College Dublin and was a tutor at the Open University. Her research interests include all aspects of Irish painting and sculpture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition to publishing widely on Irish art in catalogues and journals she is co-editor of Art, Nation and Gender: Ethnic Landscapes, Myths and Motherfigures (2003). Her most recent book is Ireland’s Art, Ireland’s History: Representing Ireland, 1845 to Present (2007). Gary A. Boyd is Reader in Architecture at Queen’s University, Belfast. His first book, Dublin 1745–1922: Hospitals, Spectacle and Vice (2006), looked at the relationship between a series of medical institutions and the devel- opment of city and society in early modern Dublin. Other publications include esssays on literature and the city; the architecture of infrastructure; housing design and its histories; and a book, Ordnance: War + Architecture & Space (co-edited with Denis Linehan). In 2013, with John McLaughlin, he was selected as co-commissioner and co-curator of the Irish pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Biennale, Venice 2014. Justin Carville lectures in Historical and Theoretical Studies in Photography and Visual Culture Studies at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire. A former Government of Ireland Senior Research Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2003–2004) and an IRCHSS Research Fellow (2008–2009), he has published widely on Irish photography and...

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