Monthly Archives: January 2004

Imagine Belfasts: The Cities of Belfast ed Nicholas Allen and Aaron Kelly

Why the cities of Belfast when Belfast itself is so commonly considered in the media, literature and the arts?  This is the question Aaron Kelly and Nicolas Allen pose in the introduction to this timely collection of critical essays – a collection arising, they suggest, from the perceived distance between the city of their lived experience and that of their of their reading. Belfast, as Gerald Dawe puts it here, ‘has been stereotyped to death; a complex history in permafrost; its geocultural life as a port, haven, hellhole, dumbed down before the term was invented’. More