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Palgrave Macmillan

James Joyce, Urban Planning and Irish Modernism

Dublins of the Future

ISBN 9781137378194
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Irish writing in the modernist era is often regarded as a largely rural affair, engaging with the city in fleeting, often disparaging ways, with Joyce cast as a defiant exception. James Joyce, Urban Planning and Irish Modernism shows how an urban modernist tradition, responsive to the particular political, social, and cultural conditions of Dublin, emerged in Ireland at this time. Examining how Irish writing participated in a broader cultural response to the challenges of urbanisation, best exemplified by the urban planning movement, this book explores how Irish literature sought to reimagine and re-appropriate a city synonymous with poverty and colonial misrule, and to reconcile the ruralist rhetoric of revivalism and nationalism with the necessity for a capital city in an emergent state. The examines how Joyce's works define the city in terms of the tension between individual, subjective impressions of what the city might be made to mean, and architectonic processes of urban control.

Liam Lanigan is an IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Cork, Ireland. He has previously taught at NUI Maynooth, the University of Kaposva'r, Hungary, and University College Dublin.

List of Abbreviations
1. Urbanizing the Revival: Urban Planning, Irish Modernism and Dublin
2. A Drama in Muslin and the Formation of an Irish Urban Modernism
3. 'A space-embracing somewhere, beyond surmise, beyond geography': Visions of the City in the Irish Revival
4. 'A More Spacious Age': Re-imagining the City in Dubliners
5. A Portrait of the City
6. 'If My Memory Serves Me': The Subject, Memory, and Democratic Planning in 'Wandering Rocks'
7. 'A Necessary Evil': Planning and the Marginal Space of Nighttown in 'Circe'
8. Epilogue: Writing Dublin After Joyce


"James Joyce, Urban Planning, and Irish Modernism makes a worthy contribution to scholarship on the city of Dublin as central to 'local,' nationalist, and internationalist dimensions of Irish modernist production. Lanigan's examination of the theory and practice of urban planning in the production of Irish literary culture (material, narratological, and conceptual) fills a significant gap in Joyce studies, modernist studies, and studies of modern Irish literature." - Desmond Harding, Central Michigan University, USA
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