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Northern myths, modern identities : the nationalisation of northern mythologies since 1800

Author: Simon Halink
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019] ©2019
Series: National cultivation of culture, v. 19.
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This anthology of essays, Northern Myths, Modern Identities, explores the various ways in which ancient mythologies have been cultivated in the cultural construction of ethnic, national and supra-national identities from 1800 to the present. How were Old Norse, Finno-Ugric and Frisian myths employed as rhetorical devices in national narratives? And how did (and do) these new interpretations convey a sense of  Read more...
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Northern myths, modern identities.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
(DLC) 2019014390
(OCoLC)1098230792
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Halink
ISBN: 9789004398436 9004398430
OCLC Number: 1096230125
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 261 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Figures and Tables --
About the Authors --
Northern Myths, Modern Identities: An Introduction / Simon Halink --
Imagining the North --
The North: A Cultural Stereotype between Metaphor and Racial Essentialism / Joep Leerssen --
Within or Outside Europe? Modernists and Anti-modernists Visiting Iceland in the Mid-Nineteenth Century / Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson --
Is Nordic Mythology Nordic or National, or Both? Competing National Appropriations of Nordic Mythology in Early Nineteenth-Century Scandinavia / Tim van Gerven --
Ancient Heritage, New Meaning --
Norse Myths, Nordic Identities: The Divergent Case of Icelandic Romanticism / Gylfi Gunnlaugsson --
Redbad, the Once and Future King of the Frisians / Han Nijdam and Otto S. Knottnerus --
Norse Mythology in Icelandic Fiction about the Second World War / Daisy Neijmann --
Of Gods and Men: Uses and Abuses of Neo-Paganism by Nationalist Movements in the "North" / Robert A. Saunders --
Travelling Ideas and Artistic Expressions --
Heirs of Lönnrot: From Longfellow to Tolkien / Tom Shippey --
Kalevala in International Masks: A Japanese Aino and Kalevala dell'Arte / Kendra Willson --
The Quest of Gangleri: Theosophy and Old Norse Mythology in Iceland / Simon Halink --
Beyond the Nation? --
Crossing the Borders: Loki and the Decline of the Nation State / Katja Schulz --
Apocalypse Now: Norse Gods and the End of the Nation / Carline Tromp --
Back Matter --
Index of Names and Subjects.
Series Title: National cultivation of culture, v. 19.
Responsibility: edited by Simon Halink.

Abstract:

This anthology of essays, Northern Myths, Modern Identities, explores the various ways in which ancient mythologies have been cultivated in the cultural construction of ethnic, national and supra-national identities from 1800 to the present. How were Old Norse, Finno-Ugric and Frisian myths employed as rhetorical devices in national narratives? And how did (and do) these new interpretations convey a sense of 'northernness'? This volume approaches these issues from an interdisciplinary and international perspective, and brings together case studies from Scandinavia, the Baltic region, Friesland, Britain, the United States and even Japan. Thus, it provides a unique insight into the reception history and uses of northern myths in the present, and their role in the creation of modern identities. Contributors are: Tim van Gerven, Gylfi Gunnlaugsson, Simon Halink, Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson, Otto S. Knottnerus, Joep Leerssen, Daisy Neijmann, Han Nijdam, Robert A. Saunders, Katja Schulz, Tom Shippey, Carline Tromp, and Kendra Willson.

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