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Landscapes of desire: parks, colonialism and identity in Victorian and Edwardian Ireland

Author(s): Joanna Brück

Year: 2013

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This paper will examine Ireland’s Victorian and Edwardian parks as a politicised nexus of encounter in which landscape design, architectural style and social practice combined to create class, gender and colonial identities.  Public spaces form a crucial element of the urban landscape, providing a context for particular forms of political engagement and identity construction.  In Ireland, such landscapes created regulated spaces of display and consumption in which the natural world and the urban populace could be objectified, domesticated and their moral worth evaluated.  Park architecture and monuments underpinned ideals of social and moral improvement, while planting and design allowed concepts of order and disorder, inside and outside, to be addressed, so that spatial relationships came to stand for the troublesome relations between people.  Yet, such ideals did not go unchallenged and from their opening, parks were contested landscapes, subject to vandalism and other forms of subversive behaviour.

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Landscapes of desire: parks, colonialism and identity in Victorian and Edwardian Ireland. Joanna Brück. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428526)


Temporal Keywords
19th/early 20th century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -10.463; min lat: 51.446 ; max long: -6.013; max lat: 55.38 ;

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PaperId(s): 123

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America