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Jon Hegglund

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199796106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796106.001.0001

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Internal Colony

Internal Colony

The Spectral Cartographies of Ulysses

(p.83) 3. Internal Colony
World Views

Jon Hegglund

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Joyce's Ulysses, as an object generated out of imperial cartographies of the internal colony of Ireland. It begins with a critical examination of the nineteenth-century Ordnance Survey of Ireland undertaken by the British military, the first comprehensive cartographic survey of a colonial territory. Moving to Joyce's novel, the chapter shows how Ulysses uses the imperial map of a bounded, objectified colony to emphasize the tensions between the map as a tool of imperial possession and the map as a canvas for the creation of an emergent communal identity. Ultimately, Joyce creates a world that is anti-topographical, subverting the mimeticism of the novel's early chapters with a formalism that denies the possibility of his novel having any kind of stable spatial ground. Such anti-representational formalism extends to the political vision of the novel, which is not necessary nationalist (as some recent critics have argued) but radically anti-national in its suspicion of any static spatial representation of culture.

Keywords:   survey, internal colony, cartography, topography, nationalism, James Joyce, Ulysses, Ireland

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