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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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Abercrombie, Patrick 91–94 Dublin of the Future 91, 93–94 Achebe, Chinua 130 Act of Union, 1801 50, 125, 182, 228 Adorno, Theodor 19, 260–261, 303 Allégret, Yves 155–156, 159, 172–174 Anderson, Benedict 77–78, 287 Archiseek 250, 254–264 Architects Association of Ireland 82 architecture architectural survival 56–58, 59 commercial, shops and stores 25–59 ephemeral 85–107 Georgian 249–266 modernist 94, 96, 113 pastiche, rebuilt historic build- ings 249, 253–256, 261–264 Ashenhurst, John Talbot 36 Atkinson, George 208 authenticity, jargon of 250, 257–261, 263 Ballybrack 19, 267–286 Barber, Steven 291, 297 Barison, David 295 Bataille, Georges 298 Belfast 63–64, 122 Benjamin, Walter 13, 269, 285 Berman, Marshall 85 Bohemian Picture Theatre, Phibs- boro 147, 149–153 Brown, Thomas & Co. 45–46 Bruno, Giuliana 288, 304, 306 Caine, Hall The Christian 139–141, 144 Calvino, Italo 102, 106, 297, 306 Cameron, Charles 144, 194–195 Cash, Allan 242 Catholic Church, censorship of films 152–154 Celtic Tiger 5, 19–21, 58, 113, 267–286, 296–298, 304 cinema 13–18, 120, 155–178 as cultural institution 133–154 picture houses 133, 135–154 second birth 134–138, 143, 146 Cinematograph Volta, Mary Street 137– 138, 145–148 civic design 16, 61–83 Collins, Michael 207–208 commercial geography 26, 49, 50 Cooke, John 197–200 Corlett, Chris 276, 283–284 Cosgrave, W. T. 213 Craig, Maurice 6, 58, 90, 250 Cronin, Anthony The Bell 240–241 Cuchulainn...

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