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What is North?
Imagining the North from Ancient Times to the Present Day

O. Plumb, A. Sanmark, D. Heddle (eds.)
approx. 400 p., 16 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58502-4
Languages: English
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The North Atlantic World: Cold, tough, dark; or tranquil, pure, untamed and magical – as visualised from ancient times until today.

The British Isles, Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, and Eastern Canada, alongside many small islands, form a broken bridge across the northern extremities of the Atlantic Ocean. This ‘North Atlantic World’ is a heterogeneous but culturally intertwined area, ideally suited to the fostering of an interest in all things northern by its people. For the storytellers and writers of the past, each more northerly land was far enough away that it could seem fabulous and even otherworldly, while still being just close enough for myths and travellers’ tales to accrue. This book charts attitudes to the North in the North Atlantic World from the time of the earliest extant sources until the present day. The varied papers within consider a number of key questions which have arisen repeatedly over the centuries: ‘where is the North located?’, ‘what are its characteristics?’, and ‘who, or what lives there?’. They do so from many angles, considering numerous locations and an immense span of time. All are united by their engagement with the North Atlantic World’s relationship with the North.

Table of Contents

Oisín Plumb, Alexandra Sanmark & Donna Heddle, Introduction

Donna Heddle, Upon the Utmost Corners of the Warld: Orkney in Early Maps and Literature

Oisín Plumb, 'Beyond the Range of Human Exploration': Cormac and the 'North' in the Seventh Century

Marged Haycock, The Old North in Medieval Wales

John Moffatt, The Future is East: Ideological Mapping in the Vínland Sagas

Eduardo Ramos, Moulding One Another: Grettir and the Landscape

Vittorio Mattioli, The Worlds in Grímnismál: Norse and Medieval Christian Understandings of Space

Agneta Ney, The Literary Landscape of Old Norse Poetry

Ellen Alm & Rune Blix Hagen, Sámi Magic and Rituals from Historia Norwegie to Johannes Schefferus, c. 1150-1680

Karin Murray-Bergquist, On Solid Ground: Learning from the Lore of Imagined Lands

Ragnhild Ljosland, Maeshowe, Orkahaugr - The Names of Orkney's Great Burial Mound as Nodes in a Heteroglossic Web of Meaning-making

Jay Johnston, Rites, Runes and Maeshowe: Northern Landscapes and Lived Belief

Jochen Petzold, Ballantyne 'On the Rocks': The Arctic as Adventure-Arena

Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson, Self-Images of Icelanders and their Attitude towards Greenland in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Henning Howlid Wærp, Literary Encounters with the Arctic Landscape - Among Nordic Explorers and Trappers

Lynn Powell, Jessie Saxby and Viking Boys - Concepts of the North in Boys' Own Fiction

Claire Smerdon, 'Neath the Midnight Sun': Imagining the Canadian North Through School Readers

Anna Heida Pálsdottir, The Image of the North as the Home of Evil in English Children's Books

Jim Clarke, Northernity: Inventing the North in Fantasy Literature

John W. Dyce, Narrating Norden: Legacies, Links and Landscape and their Symbolic Significance for Nordic Identity and Community Read through Nordic Noir Crime Fiction

Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir, Reinventing Agnes: The Role of Icelandic Landscape, Nature and Seasons in Hannah Kent's Speculative Biography Burial Rites

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Historiography (historical writings in the period)
Viking studies
North Sea lands studies
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Scandinavian & Baltic lands

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