DescriptionIsland Voices: The reception of Nordic Literature in the literatures of Orkney and Shetland. This paper investigates the reception of Nordic Literature in Scotland, in particular the literatures of the Scottish Northern Isles. The discussion focuses on two archipelagic writers from Scotland, the Orcadian George Mackay Brown and the Shetlander James John Haldane Burgess, whose works were influenced both directly and indirectly by Nordic literature. While Mackay Brown repeatedly returned to themes associated with Icelandic sa ga literature (in particular the Orkneyinga Saga and related sagas of St Magnus), Haldane Burgess’ interest in Norse history and culture led to a focus on language (in particular Norwegian), and the importance of Shetland dialect as a uniquely ‘Nordic’ or ‘Northern’ literary form. Analysing several works by the authors, the paper will show the way in which writers (re)produce and adapt Nordic literary spaces within their own unique island voices, often using it to interrogate their relationship with Scottish/British literary spaces. The resulting narratives in both poem and prose relate to wider issues of the reception of Nordic literature in Britain and Ireland, resulting in methodological challenges in using national literatures as normative forms of representing literary identities.
|Period||18 Feb 2015|
|Location||Edinburgh, United KingdomShow on map|
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The Nordic Research Network is a network of postgraduate students and early-career researchers based in the British Isles who are conducting Nordic research. Participation is not limited to those working within departments of Scandinavian Studies, and the network seeks to encourage Nordic research in all areas of the humanities and social sciences. The Nordic Research Network was originally established in 2010 with funding from the AHRC's Student-led Initiatives Scheme, with the grant being used to host the network's first symposium at UCL. Conferences are now held biennially. The 4th edition of the conference was held at the University of Edinburgh on 18-19 February 2015.
Coastal Cultures in Scotland and Norway: Narratives, Affinity, Contact
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Peripheral Visions: Engaging Nordic Literary Traditions on Orkney and Shetland
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review