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Ruptured Landscapes: Landscape, Identity and Social Change by Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Hugo Reinert, Jonathan Miles-Watson

By Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Hugo Reinert, Jonathan Miles-Watson

This quantity breaks new flooring within the learn of landscapes, either rural and concrete. The cutting edge concept of this panorama assortment is rupture. The booklet explores the ways that societal, financial and cultural adjustments are remodeling the meanings and understandings of landscapes. The textual content explores either how landscapes are contesting adjustments in society and altering society. the amount combines empirically fine-grained bills of panorama rupture, from diversified elements of the area, with a sustained attempt to discover, reconsider and analytically expand the idea that of rupture itself. The ebook consequently combines clean empirical info with cutting edge theoretical ways to open figuring out of panorama as a dynamic, dwelling entity topic to abrupt switch and unpredictable disruptions. via this twin mirrored image the amount is ready to supply a robust demonstration of the chances which are to be had for human motion, social switch and fabric panorama to combine.

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Com/photos/scragz/132300479/ S. Basu ( ) St. uk © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015 H. Sooväli-Sepping et al. 1007/978-94-017-9903-4_3 25 26 S. Basu Abstract This chapter discusses the ruptured landscapes of Northern Ireland/Ulster in relation to the poetic art of Seamus Heaney. The divisions in the landscape of the region can be traced back to its contact with English planters (largely protestant Scottish and English settlers from 1608) who wrested economic, political and religious power from the Catholics of the region.

5 The Frontiers of Writing Eugene O’Brien in his book Seamus Heaney: Searches for Answers argues that Heaney’s poetry engages with a “pluralistic and complicated construction of what it means to be Irish”, and identifies in him a movement outwards from a tribal sense of selfhood to a search for “broader, symbolic enunciations of individual and cultural identity” (O’Brien 2003: 4). The early Heaney is more grounded like Antaeus, “the mould-hugger”, rooted to his family and his first community and place.

For Jorge, the multiple meanings on the coast do not pose a contradiction. These meanings and symbols rather offer a positive tension that fosters creative agency and reflection. A productive contradiction that, in Jorge’s view, is best left open. 6 Conclusion My initial motivation to write this chapter was to explore the power of attraction that beaches have in the Western imaginary. In other words, how can one account for the compelling fascination that beaches evoke in people? On what grounds are beaches desired?

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