IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 509: Views from the Outside: Representations of Iceland in Medieval and Modern Literature

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Brill Academic Publishers
Organiser:Jude Mackley, Independent Scholar, Northampton
Moderator/Chair:Glyn Burgess, School of Cultures, Languages & Area Studies, University of Liverpool
Paper 509-aThe Reception of Early Irish Descriptions of Iceland
(Language: English)
Jonathan Wooding, Centre for the Study of Religion in Celtic Societies, University of Wales, Lampeter
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 509-bDisguising Natural Exotica: St Brendan's Travels to 'Iceland'
(Language: English)
Jude Mackley, Independent Scholar, Northampton
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 509-c'This most romantic of deserts': William Morris and the 19th-Century Icelandic Pilgrimage
(Language: English)
Phillippa Bennett, School of the Arts, University of Northampton
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

This session consists of representations of Iceland from three approaches: The first examines the reception of accounts of voyages made to Iceland by British clergy in the late 8th century, drawing from Latin, Irish and Scandinavian literature; the second discusses how recent scholarship suggests that St Brendan travelled to Iceland on his voyage to paradise and how descriptions of natural exotica are veiled in supernatural terms; the third considers the influence of the sagas and the icelandic landscape on the writings of William Morris in the wider context of the 19th-century’s fascination with the literature and topography of the Great Old North.