Writing and landscape in early modern Ireland

Glenn Hooper

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    Abstract

    While colonial contact provides a complex model of inter-ethnic relations,
    no issue would appear to be more dominant, nor more immediate to the
    initial stages of arrival, than the subject of land. The issue of how best to
    establish a hold over a landscape, how to possess it and to make of it a
    place of uniformity and order is one of the most immediate of tasks to be
    addressed. Of course, a colony may prosper and survive and, in terms of
    policy making and general administration, move on to other considerations,
    but in the period between the initial impact of a foreign and, frequently,
    technologically superior power and the pacification and 'good government'
    of the colony lies the difficulty of reorganisation and plantation: the building
    of towns and fortifications, the establishment of harbours and coastal
    defences, the mapping of the landscape as well as the problematics of native
    land ownership and habitation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-18
    Number of pages18
    JournalLiterature & History
    Volume5
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1996

    Keywords

    • land ownership
    • Irish history
    • Edmund Spenser
    • colonial literature

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