ISBN-10:
029599083X
ISBN-13:
9780295990835
Pub. Date:
05/06/2011
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic

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

by Karen Oslund, William Cronon
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ISBN-13: 9780295990835
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 05/06/2011
Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books Series
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,056,239
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Maps

The North Atlantic 8

Iceland 37

Greenland 87

Faroe Islands 125

Foreword

Amid the Mists of Northern Waters and Words William Cronon vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction

Imagining Iceland, Narrating the North 3

1 Icelandic Landscapes

Natural Histories and National Histories 30

2 Nordic by Nature

Classifying and Controlling Flora and Fauna in Iceland 61

3 Mastering the World's Edges

Technology, Tools, and Material Culture in the North Atlantic 82

4 Translating and Converting

Language and Religion in Greenland 104

5 Reading Backward

Language and the Sagas in the Faroe Islands 123

Epilogue

Whales and Men

Contested Scientific Ethics and Cultural Politics in the North Atlantic 152

Notes 171

Bibliography 221

Index 253

What People are Saying About This

Gisli Palsson

An excellent work, covering unusual ground. The author's mastery of a variety of contexts—Inuit, Faroese, Icelandic, Scandinavian—and different periods—historical and modern—is admirable. Not only does Iceland Imagined nicely chart important historical contours in the North Atlantic region, it offers numerous useful and original observations on themes in history, anthropology, literature, and linguistics.

William Cronon

The great contribution of Iceland Imagined is to help us understand the mental geographies that over the past quarter millennium have come to define the North Atlantic—and that teach us more than we might think about the rest of the world.

From the Publisher

"The great contribution of Iceland Imagined is to help us understand the mental geographies that over the past quarter millennium have come to define the North Atlantic—and that teach us more than we might think about the rest of the world."—William Cronon, from the Foreword

"An excellent work, covering unusual ground. The author's mastery of a variety of contexts—Inuit, Faroese, Icelandic, Scandinavian—and different periods—historical and modern—is admirable. Not only does Iceland Imagined nicely chart important historical contours in the North Atlantic region, it offers numerous useful and original observations on themes in history, anthropology, literature, and linguistics."—Gisli Palsson, University of Iceland

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