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Book Title: Imagining the Supernatural North|
The author of the book: Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
ISBN 13: 9781772122671
Edition: University of Alberta Press
Date of issue: November 7th 2016
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As polar regions become the focus of political and ecological controversies, scholars in the humanities and social sciences are turning their attention to the cultural meanings of Northernness. In this interdisciplinary collection, sixteen scholars from twelve countries explore the notion of the North as a realm of the supernatural. The North has long been associated with sorcerous inhabitants, mythical tribes, metaphysical forces of good and evil, and a range of supernatural qualities. It was both the sacred abode of the gods and a feared source of menacing invaders and otherworldly beings. Whether from the perspective of traditional Jewish lore or of contemporary black metal music, few motifs in European cultural history show such longevity. With their broad appeal, the themes of North and the supernatural will ensure Imagining the Supernatural North attracts a wide audience.
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Read information about the authorEleanor Rosamund Barraclough is Lecturer in Medieval History and Literature at Durham University. She studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge before taking up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Oxford. In 2013 she was chosen as one of ten BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers, in a competition to find young academics with the potential to turn their research into programmes for broadcast. Since then, she has presented BBC radio documentaries on subjects including the supernatural north, fire in Scandinavian culture, apocalypses, and Nordic identity.
Eleanor’s research often takes her to chilly Nordic climes. Whilst researching 'Beyond the Northlands' she had many far-flung adventures of her own: bumping along on the back of an Icelandic horse whilst exploring Norse ruins in Greenland, sailing ice fjords under the midnight sun with a caribou hunter, and searching for runestones in Sweden. She also made it further south to warm up, following in the footsteps of Norse pilgrims in Rome and imperial bodyguards in Istanbul. Her proudest moment came when travelling across Arctic Norway, where she was knighted with a walrus penis bone in Hammerfest and became a member of the Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society.
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