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The Ordnance Survey and Modern Irish Literature

Cóilín Parsons


The Ordnance Survey and Modern Irish Literature argues that a strand of Irish literature that we now recognize as modernist has its roots deep in the nineteenth century, in the attempt by the British government to map the entire island of Ireland for the first time. The Ordnance Survey in Ireland (1824–42) laid the foundation for a new way of looking at the physical and cultural landscape of Ireland, which recognized, represented, and often resisted the fracturing nature of colonial modernity and it was also a central imaginative source of what makes Irish modernist writing both formally innov ... More

Keywords: Ireland, modernism, literature, Ordnance Survey, maps, cartography, postcolonial, postcolonialism, space, place

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198767701
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cóilín Parsons, author
Assistant Professor of English, Georgetown University

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