Landscape Of Desire: Partial Stories of the Medieval Scandinavian World
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Landscape Of Desire: Partial Stories of the Medieval Scandinavian World

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  7 ratings  ·  5 reviews
'An extraordinary rich study of the power of place in the Northern medieval world by two medievalists, who are also 'compleat geographers' in that they do fieldwork that is always informed by theory and they demonstrate exceptional sensitivity to place's double nature-compelling presence and elusiveness to interpretation.' Yi-Fu Tuan, Department of Geography University of...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 19th 1994 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 1994)
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May 16, 2008 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Vikings, geographers, medievalist, ScandStudies
Recommended to Jason by: Sarah
Reading this book reminded me why the Icelandic sagas and Beowulf first fired my intellect and imagination - the experience of place and geography of belonging.

I made it through the first half of the book, where the authors discuss their recreation of Beowulf's sea journey to Heorot before I put it down to reread Beowulf. Their narrative and discussion of geography opened my eyes to new ways of seeing Beowulf. The second half moves to their journeys across Iceland to see the sites of Icelandic...more
Not what I was expecting, but far from being a disappointment.

Here's what I was expecting: a collection of stories that were part of a Scandinavian mythology which is otherwise unknown to me. Here's what I got: a discussion about the Scandinavian territories and how the stories (as well as the authors who sought these places about twenty years ago) could be identified in this remote region of the world.

When I first read the introduction, I was wary of what I would encounter, which surely could...more
Two medieval scholars go on a real life journey to map the geography of Beowulf and the Icelandic Sagas. A very pleasant and enjoyable little book.
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