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William J. Smyth

5 • Towards a cultural geography of the 1641 rising/rebellion william j. smyth It is now agreed that the ‘1641 depositions’ comprise a conflation of documents, containing confusing and often contradictory statements of evidence. Even more problematical, these depositions have generated passionate controversies down the centuries and still constitute contested terrain.1 This chapter seeks to illustrate the role that cartography and geography can play in understanding and contextualising the 1641 rising/rebellion. In addition, the insights and advantages to be

in Ireland, 1641
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Author: John Thieme

R. K. Narayan's reputation as one of the founding figures of Indian writing in English is re-examined in this comprehensive study of his fiction. Arguing against views that have seen Narayan as a chronicler of authentic ‘Indianness’, the book locates his fiction in terms of specific South Indian contexts, cultural geography and non-Indian intertexts. It draws on recent thinking about the ways places are constructed to demonstrate that Malgudi is always a fractured and transitional site – an interface between older conceptions and contemporary views which stress the inescapability of change in the face of modernity. Offering fresh insights into the influences that went into the making of Narayan's fiction, this is a wide-ranging guide to his novels to date.

Author: Daniel Birkholz

This study brings emergent methodologies of literary geography to bear upon the unique contents—or more to the point, the moving, artful, frequently audacious contents—of a codex known as London, British Library MS Harley 2253. The Harley manuscript was produced in provincial Herefordshire, in England’s Welsh Marches, by a scribe whose literary generation was wiped out in the Black Death of 1348–1351. It contains a diverse set of writings: love-lyrics and devotional texts, political songs and fabliaux, saints’ lives, courtesy literature, bible narratives, travelogues, and more. These works alternate between languages (Middle English, Anglo-Norman, and Latin), but have been placed in mutually illuminating conversation. Following an Introduction that explores how this fragmentary miscellany keeps being sutured into ‘whole’-ness by commentary upon it, individual chapters examine different genres, topics, and social groupings. Readers from literary history, medieval studies, cultural geography, gender studies, Jewish studies, book history, and more, will profit from the encounter.

Harley 2253 is famous as medieval books go, thanks to its celebrated roster of lyrics, fabliaux, and political songs, and owing to the scarcity of material extant from this ‘in-between’ period in insular literary history. England’s post-Conquest/pre-plague era remains dimly known. Despite such potential, there has never been a monograph published on Harley 2253. Harley Manuscript Geographies orients readers to this compelling material by describing the phenomenon of the medieval miscellany in textual and codicological terms. But another task it performs is to lay out grounds for approaching this compilation via the interpretive lens that cultural geography provides.

Matthew Hunt, Sharon O’Brien, Patrick Cadwell and Dónal P. O’Mathúna

considering the priority that translation services should receive relative to other pressing needs during a crisis. This discussion of the ethics of crisis translation links to two dimensions of humanitarian ethics more broadly. Ricoeur’s concept of linguistic hospitality suggests how relationships in humanitarian settings often span social, cultural, geographic and linguistic distances, and should be conceived not merely as transactional but through an ethic of exchange that

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Digital Bodies, Data and Gifts
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

Data Capitalism and Data Citizenship’ , Television & New Media , 20 : 4 , 412 – 19 Silk J. ( 2004 ), ‘ Caring at a Distance: Gift Theory, Aid Chains and Social Movements’ , Social and Cultural Geography , 5 , 229 – 50 . Stirrat R. L. and Henkel

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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J. F. Merritt

mayor or town council meant that decisive action could not easily be taken without explicit direction by the crown or (increasingly) by parliament, and where these two could not agree on a course of action, then it would be difficult to suppress popular demonstrations. More generally, as the various regimes chose to occupy the buildings and spaces of Westminster, so they inevitably had to adapt to the distinctive topography and institutions of the area. There was a distinctive cultural geography to contend with as well. Westminster was a centre of fashionable gentry

in Westminster 1640–60
Landscape, mobility and politics after the crash
Denis Linehan

decade. Consequently, rather than a non-place, the motorway has a very strong cultural location. Its imposition on the Irish landscape represents not one, but many competing visions of nationhood and the State. The Irish road has a rich and complex cultural geography, linked to the past, and emblazoned with the problem and dynamics of contemporary living. This is reflected in its built environment and in the practices, stories and discourse that bring it into being. By retrieving these contexts, this chapter will focus upon the shifting meanings and reception of the

in Spacing Ireland
The poet among the Italians
Gioia Angeletti

and real life –​documents in-​the-​making –​this work often ‘leaves little room for texts’  –​in other words, for authoritative and incontrovertible ‘textualization’.3 In Byron’s case, the ethnographic observation of the human and cultural geography of Italy is given textual form in his idiosyncratic letters and journals, where he does not merely represent Italianness but also interprets and reinvents it, often to confute conventional figurations of Italy. As with most ethnographers, Byron seeks both to grasp the exotic and foreign and to communicate them to his

in Byron and Italy
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Helena Chance

promotional materials, board minutes, photographs, illustrations and landscape plans to understand how the landscapes were designed, how they were used and publicised and how they changed over time. The empirical evidence is underpinned by sources from a broad disciplinary base, drawing on areas of research within architectural, art, photographic, landscape and garden histories; cultural geography, social history, philosophy and social science to draw out the complexities of the origins, purposes and designs of corporate landscapes and how they were understood and regarded

in The factory in a garden
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Ye goon to … Hereford? Regional devotion and England’s other St Thomas
Daniel Birkholz

My Introduction proposed that Harley 2253, a book of extraordinary diversity, gets sutured together—crafted into a unified wholeness—by those who read it. It also noted how Harley Manuscript Geographies would, like previous books on the codex miscellany, itself tend towards miscellaneity. These points had their basis in literary materialism, as seen in my delineation of thirteen ‘Aspects of the miscellany’ as a codicological form. But to survey the Harley manuscript also requires tools from cultural geography. One inspiration for my study can be found in

in Harley manuscript geographies