Reinventing Modern Dublin: Streetscape, Iconography and the Politics of Identity
Yvonne Whelan takes the reader from the contested iconography of Dublin as it evolved in the years before Independence through to the contemporary plans for the millennium spire on O'Connell Street, showing how a shift has taken place from an intensely political symbolic landscape to one that is increasingly apolitical, in tune with the changing nature of Irish politics, culture and society at the turn of the twenty-first century. In her comprehensive discussion of how the streetscape has changed, Whelan explores the capacity of the cultural landscape to underpin and reinforce particular narratives of identity and reveals the ways in which issues of street naming, building, designing and memorialising became firmly grounded in space and bound up with the politics of representation.
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Situating Dublin in historical context
Interrogating the cultural landscape
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