Unfolding Irish landscapes offers a comprehensive and sustained study of the work of cartographer, landscape writer and visual artist Tim Robinson. The visual texts and multi-genre essays included in this book, from leading international scholars in Irish Studies, geography, ecology, environmental humanities, literature and visual culture, explore Robinson’s writing, map-making and art. Robinson’s work continues to garner significant attention not only in Ireland, but also in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, particularly with the recent celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his monumental Stones of Aran: pilgrimage. Robert Macfarlane has described Robinson’s work in Ireland as ‘one of the most sustained, intensive and imaginative studies of a landscape that has ever been carried out’. It is difficult to separate Robinson the figure from his work and the places he surveys in Ireland – they are intertextual and interconnected. This volume explores some of these characteristics for both general and expert readers alike. As individual studies, the essays in this collection demonstrate disciplinary expertise. As parts of a cohesive project, they form a collective overview of the imaginative sensibility and artistic dexterity of Robinson’s cultural and geographical achievements in Ireland. By navigating Robinson’s method of ambulation through his prose and visual creations, this book examines topics ranging from the politics of cartography and map-making as visual art forms to the cultural and environmental dimensions of writing about landscapes.
and the tributaries flowing down into
the Champlain Valley, the many plateaus, cliffs, boulder fields and vernal pools
that are landmarks for hikers within Hogback’s dramatically contorted terrain go
nameless on the map.
Residents in this part of Vermont who are of European descent are impoverished by a general oblivion to the names and stories woven into the land over many
centuries by the Western Abenaki, just as the original people’s descendants here
are disenfranchised by that ignorance. In contrast to other parts of NorthAmerica
The deep mapping projects of Tim Robinson’s art and writings, 1969–72
, the discursive and the sensual; the conflation of oral testimony,
anthology, memoir, biography, natural history and everything you might ever want to
say about a place.34
A more recent and comprehensive account of the history of deep mapping is
offered by the visual artist and scholar Iain Biggs, where he notes that the term
deep mapping with regards to its origins and praxis has now become associated
with two distinct types of place-based practice. In NorthAmerica (and in environmental circles) deep mapping usually refers to ‘an environmentally oriented
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2011; Wiskereke and Viljoen, 2012). Proponents of UA often cite Detroit (USA)
and Havana (Cuba) as exemplars in which such practices have resulted in various
positive impacts: regenerating space, feeding people in need and creating sustainable economies (Giorda, 2012). An emerging argument in Europe surrounds
the potential for UA to create a more ‘just’ food system (Alkon and Agyeman,
2011). Whilst the link between food justice and UA has a nascent research base
in NorthAmerica, there is little
support an ongoing experience of
nature within the urbanised landscape.
The more than a century-long tradition of urban allotment gardens continues
to be practised in many European cities (Keshavarz and Bell, 2016), though not
without challenges (Eizenberg et al., 2016). At the same time, the urban allotment
garden has almost completely disappeared from US cities since the middle of
the twentieth century (Bassett, 1979). Nevertheless, another more contemporary
The foreseen future of urban gardening
form of urban gardening appeared in NorthAmerican cities sometime in
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being transgressive authors too restless, physically and psychically, to be tied to
desk and quad.
Tim Robinson’s place in Irish Studies
The Irish Studies field is no different from others in the academic world, with
attendance at conferences both a necessity and a lifeline. If a scholar decides to
remain at home, he/she will be left outside of discussions, will fall behind with
regard to scholarly trends and become as dated as bell-bottom trousers and puffed-up
shoulder pads. In addition, particularly in NorthAmerica, scholars need to attend
conferences in order to
’, NorthAmerican nature writer Barry Lopez writes,
Perhaps a black-throated sparrow lands in a paloverde bush – the resiliency of the twig
under the bird, that precise shade of yellowish-green against the milk-blue sky, the
fluttering whir of the arriving sparrow, are what I mean by ‘the landscape’ … These
are all elements of the land, and what makes the landscape comprehensible are the
relationships between them. One learns a landscape finally not by knowing the name
or identity of everything in it, but by perceiving the relationships in it – like that