This interdisciplinary volume seeks to examine and explore the various issues surrounding image construction, identity making and representations of the North, as well as the interconnectedness between those issues. The aim is to elucidate the multiple aspects of the idea of the North, both as a mythological space and a discursive system created and shaped by cultures outside the North as well as from within.
The objective of the research project Iceland and Images of the North is to elucidate several aspects of images of the North and to explore their functions in the present, focusing especially on Iceland. What effect have Iceland and its people had on images of the North, and how do those images influence the Icelanders and other nations? The project will be a cooperative, interdisciplinary undertaking by researchers in the humanities and social sciences.
Acknowledgements List of Figures and Tables Notes on Contributors Joep LEERSSEN: Foreword Olafur Ragnar GRIMSSON: Images of the North: Address by the President of Iceland Waldemar ZACHARASIEWICZ: The Theory of Climate and the North in Anglophone Literatures Sherrill GRACE: Canada and its Images of North Armann JAKOBSSON: Food and the North-Icelandic Identity in 13th century Iceland and Norway W. Tad PFEFFER: People and Place in the Far North: A Vision of Life, Community and Change Karen OSLUND: Of Whales and Men: Images of Iceland and the North Atlantic in Contemporary Whaling Politics Kirsten HASTRUP: Images of Thule: Maps and Metaphors in Polar Exploration Edward H. HUIJBENS & Karl BENEDIKTSSON: Geared for the Sublime: Mobile Images of the North Karin SCHAER: From Hell to Homeland: Eggert Olafsson's Reise igiennem Island and the Construction of Icelandic Identity Annie DUFFY: The Natural Resource Industry Visual Impact Paradox: A Perspective on Alaskan Imagery and Art Sumarlidi R. ISLEIFSSON: Icelandic National Images in the 19th and 20th Centuries Diana PETKOVA: Images of the North from a Distance Christopher M. FLETCHER: Inuit Symbols and Canadian Nationhood in the Imagined North Timothy PURSELL & Maureen P. HOGAN: Alaska's Eternal Frontier: Rural Masculinity and Landscape Nostalgia Unnur Dis SKAPTADOTTIR & Kristin LOFTSDOTTIR: Cultivating Culture? Images of Iceland, Globalization and Multicultural Society Christophe PONS: The Use of Images in Aniconic Societies: Occultism, Protestantism and Imagination in Iceland Lisa Ann FAVERO: Perfomances of Scale: Visual Culture and Site-Specifi c Art in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Era Kristinn SCHRAM: The Wild Wild North: The Narrative Cultures of Image Construction in Media and Everyday Life Sarah S. MCCONNELL & Debbie Mekiana TOOPETLOOK: Welcome to Anaktuvuk Pass! Katla KJARTANSDOTTIR: Remote, Rough and Romantic: Contemporary Images of Iceland in Visual, Oral and Textual Narrations Index