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Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic

De (autor) William Cronon
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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 14 Feb 2013 – vârsta de la 22 ani
Iceland, Greenland, Northern Norway, and the Faroe Islands lie on the edges of Western Europe, in an area long portrayed by travellers as remote and exotic--its nature harsh, its people reclusive. Since the middle of the eighteenth century, however, this marginalized region has gradually become part of modern Europe, a transformation that is narrated in Karen Oslund's Iceland Imagined.This cultural and environmental history sweeps across the dramatic North Atlantic landscape, exploring its unusual geography, saga narratives, language, culture, and politics, and analyzing its emergence as a distinctive and symbolic part of Europe. The earliest visions of a wild frontier, filled with dangerous and unpredictable inhabitants, eventually gave way to images of beautiful, well-managed lands, inhabited by simple but virtuous people living close to nature. This transformation was accomplished by state-sponsored natural histories of Iceland which explained that the monsters described in medieval and Renaissance travel accounts did not really exist, and by artists who painted the Icelandic landscapes to reflect their fertile and regulated qualities. Literary scholars and linguists who came to Iceland and Greenland in the nineteenth century related the stories and the languages of the "wild North" to those of their home countries.Karen Oslund is assistant professor of world history at Towson University in Maryland.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780295992938
ISBN-10: 029599293X
Pagini: 260
Ilustrații: black & white illustrations, maps
Dimensiuni: 150 x 226 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.41 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: University of Washington Press

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"Sure to be of interest to those studying Iceland and the North Atlantic's culture and environmental history and those interested in the European understanding of that region." Choice

"For centuries, Iceland has occupied a peculiar place in the European imagination. It has appeared utterly familiar and proximate on the one hand, while simultaneously exotic and remote on the other. This striking contrast serves as the launching point for Karen Oslund’s compelling and richly detailed book, Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture and Storytelling in the North Atlantic. The book offers a historical exploration of how Iceland (as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands) was discursively constructed through the narratives of European travelers, naturalists, scientists, and statesmen from the early eighteenth through mid-twentieth centuries.” - Kai Heidemann, H-SAE, December 2012


"Sure to be of interest to those studying Iceland and the North Atlantic's culture and environmental history and those interested in the European understanding of that region." Choice "For centuries, Iceland has occupied a peculiar place in the European imagination. It has appeared utterly familiar and proximate on the one hand, while simultaneously exotic and remote on the other. This striking contrast serves as the launching point for Karen Oslund's compelling and richly detailed book, Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture and Storytelling in the North Atlantic. The book offers a historical exploration of how Iceland (as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands) was discursively constructed through the narratives of European travelers, naturalists, scientists, and statesmen from the early eighteenth through mid-twentieth centuries." - Kai Heidemann, H-SAE, December 2012

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Karen Oslund is assistant professor of world history at Towson University in Maryland.