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Ciaran CarsonSpace, Place, Writing$
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Neal Alexander

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314780

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316203

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Mapping Belfast: Urban Cartographies

Mapping Belfast: Urban Cartographies

(p.57) Chapter Two Mapping Belfast: Urban Cartographies
Ciaran Carson
Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses the mapping of urban space, particularly Belfast, in the works of Ciaran Carson. It highlights the recurrent appearance of maps in Carson's representations of Belfast which are often considered with suspicions because of their complicity with the territorial prescriptions of vested interests. It discusses the dialectic functions of maps and mapping in Carson's work and argues that his self-conscious meta-cartography represents an attempt to the ‘deterritorialisation’ and ‘reterritorialisation’ of Belfast.

Keywords:   Ciaran Carson, urban space, Belfast, maps, territorial prescriptions, dialectic functions, meta-cartography

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