Focuses specifically on the concept and role of islands in the medieval world. The main characteristic of an island is, of course, that of being isolated from the rest of the world; in geography by waters, in more abstract and symbolic meanings by other kinds of separating borders. Islands were the place 'on the other side', of difference, otherness and remoteness. As one of the articles in this volume puts it, islands are often depicted as sites for extraordinary events and happeningsA". The contributions cluster around the concept of islands under the following perspectives: * search for undiscovered and paradise islands in literature and cartography * idea of fictional islands in Old Norse texts * quality of islands in literary texts * monasteries as islands and monasteries on islands * human body as an island of religious achievements * seasonal islandisation of certain lands.
Jaritz is professor of Medieval Studies at Central European University and senior research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Torstein JA rgensen is professor of Medieval Studies at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen,Norway.
List of Illustrations Preface 1. Paradise Islands in the East and West - Tradition and Meaning in Some Cartographical Places on the Medieval Rim of the World 2. The Power and Purposes of an Insular Setting - On Some Motifs in Old-Norse Literature 3. Monastic IslandsA" in Medieval Denmark: Insular Isolation in Ideal and Practice 4. Religious Athletes - On the Perception of the Body in Medieval Asceticism 5. Holy Islands and the Otherworld: Places beyond Water 6. Hvitramannaland and Other Fictional Islands in the Sea 7. The Unknown Island 8. Will the Son of Nine Sisters Rule the Sea-Kidney? 9. The Quality of Islands in Middle High German Literature 10. Seasonal Isolation in the Communication in Livonia 11. Utstein Monastery: An Island on an Island - or not? List of Contributors
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