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In defence of the Irish essay

the negotiation between fact, fiction and the page, an argument that is not solely confined to non-fiction (and American non-fiction).2 Irish literature, perhaps more than other national literatures (including American), seems to be preoccupied with negotiating the zone between fact and fiction and the concept provokes an interesting interpretation of this question. In The History of the Irish Novel, Derek Hand observes, The story of the self, of its creation and its persistence, is the only important one and, yet, the truth of that, the reality of it, can only be

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Reading Tim Robinson through Gluaiseacht Chearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta

individuals began to move voluntarily from the power centres to the peripheries. In France, 1968 is looked back to as the year when a resurgence of depressed cultures on the French periphery – Breton, Occitan, Alsatian and so on – began. In Paris there was a revival of interest in these cultures, and a drift of young intellectuals and artists from the capital to the regions in question. All of this, it seems, was connected with the ‘May Revolution’ of that year which rattled the French state to its foundations. In France, as elsewhere in the Western world, there was a sharp

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
The spa in Celtic Tiger Ireland

drawn from Britain and France that looked at towns like Bath and Vichy (Gesler, 2003; Mackaman, 1998; Porter, 1990). Ireland too has a spa history between 1700 and the late nineteenth century based on towns such as Lisdoonvarna, Lucan, Mallow and Swanlinbar (Foley, 2010; Kelly, 2009). Several of these towns subsequently developed new identities as hydropathic centres where the earlier natural curative mineral springs were reinvented via more commercial forms of water-based therapies and treatments (Foley, 2010; O’Leary, 2000). In many ways, a mix of these two

in Spacing Ireland
The deep mapping projects of Tim Robinson’s art and writings, 1969–72

partner Máiréad.2 In his autobiographical essay collection My Time in Space, he notes, The move from city to island, from the visual arts to literature, from minimalist abstraction to the most scrupulous cartography of the grain of the actual – had even that drastic step not been enough to shake up my little store of conceptions? … To the artist it is intolerable that one cannot climb to one’s own horizon and look beyond.3 If one wished to proffer an initial assessment in terms of the trajectory of his work from the late 1960s to 2012, one could argue that while the

in Unfolding Irish landscapes
Tim Robinson as narrative scholar

obsession.’2 To this day, forty-three years later, having traversed literally every inch of this island terrain, Robinson still returns to this beginning, stating in a July 2014 interview with the French programme Étonnants Voyageurs that when he heard this description he felt that ‘that seemed enough of a guide to the geography for me to start off ’.3 As academics bound to the treaty of specialisation, we often spend years of our professional lives studying one cultural era, one author, one historical moment. It is not unusual for us to dedicate careers to these content

in Unfolding Irish landscapes

. The nuances and contradictions of contemporary global restructuring become obscured by a burgeoning literature prescribing ‘best practice’ policy models. Following from the identification of exogenous forces that demand imperative responses, there is a space opened up for the prescription of best practice models. As Winfried Ruigrok and Rob van Tulder have argued: ‘there is a grateful market for those who translate the “new complexity” into simple formulae and unambiguous recommendations’ (1995: 1). Those analysts, consultants and auditors who make it their business

in Globalisation contested

the city (Hodgson et al., 2011).2 Still largely While aware of the relevance of the food production issue in urban gardens, we intentionally decided not to focus on the subject of food justice. This is because while food justice is the subject of considerable debate in the Anglo-​Saxon literature (Reynolds and Cohen, 2016; Tornaghi, 2014), this is not equally true in the rest of Europe. 2 7 8 Urban gardening and the struggle for justice context-​dependent (particularly concerning the distinction between the global North and South) and internally diversified

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
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Geographies of the post-boom era

, economy and society are organised in Ireland. In acknowledging these issues, the collection provides a kind of antidote to the post-crash literature in Ireland and to the superficial views of Ireland often expressed in the commentary pages of the New York Times or Der Spiegel. Ireland from afar may well look like a laboratory for globalisation and its disasters but it is not simply that, as attention to place always reveals. 7 Spacing Ireland As editors, our concern when putting the collection together was to identify authors who could explore the intersections

in Spacing Ireland
100 years of Ireland in National Geographic magazine

harmony situated in the West of Ireland, which was often repeated in art and literature. However, the transformation of the country in the early twenty-first century did not mesh well with the NG discourse, which may well account for its silence since then. The National Geographic perspective Established in 1888, the magazine has a monthly circulation of some 8.5 million copies, with more than fifty million readers worldwide.1 Most critical assessments of the NG have seen it as an early manifestation of US imperialism 183 Culture and place in the ways it represented

in Spacing Ireland
The case of Ortobello Urban Garden

spatial justice, the proposed perspective aims at investigating the effects on the local community and, in particular, it focuses on residents and local retailers. The methodology of the case study is widely applied in literature and highly recommended in studying contemporary events over which the researcher has little or no control (Yin, 1994) and in exploring an emerging area of research 79 80 Urban gardening and the struggle for justice Figure 5.2  Vertical garden at Borgo Bello neighbourhood, Perugia –​Project Ortobello where few previous studies have been

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice