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Jon Hegglund

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199796106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796106.001.0001

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Internal Colony

Internal Colony

The Spectral Cartographies of Ulysses

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(p.83) 3. Internal Colony
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World Views
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Jon Hegglund

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796106.003.0004

This chapter examines Joyce's Ulysses, as an object generated out of imperial cartographies of the internal colony of Ireland. It begins with a critical examination of the nineteenth-century Ordnance Survey of Ireland undertaken by the British military, the first comprehensive cartographic survey of a colonial territory. Moving to Joyce's novel, the chapter shows how Ulysses uses the imperial map of a bounded, objectified colony to emphasize the tensions between the map as a tool of imperial possession and the map as a canvas for the creation of an emergent communal identity. Ultimately, Joyce creates a world that is anti-topographical, subverting the mimeticism of the novel's early chapters with a formalism that denies the possibility of his novel having any kind of stable spatial ground. Such anti-representational formalism extends to the political vision of the novel, which is not necessary nationalist (as some recent critics have argued) but radically anti-national in its suspicion of any static spatial representation of culture.

Keywords:   survey, internal colony, cartography, topography, nationalism, James Joyce, Ulysses, Ireland

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