Isolated Islands in Medieval Nature, Culture and Mind (CEU Medievalia, Book 14)

June 13, 2021
Isolated Islands in Medieval Nature, Culture and Mind (CEU Medievalia, Book 14)

Focuses specifically on the concept and role of islands in themedieval world. The main characteristic of an island is, of course,that of being isolated from the rest of the world; in geography bywaters, in more abstract and symbolic meanings by other kinds ofseparating borders. Islands were the place 'on the other side', ofdifference, otherness and remoteness. As one of the articles inthis volume puts it, islands are often depicted as sites forextraordinary events and happeningsA". The contributions clusteraround the concept of islands under the following perspectives:search for undiscovered and paradise islands in literature andcartography idea of fictional islands in Old Norse textsquality of islands in literary texts monasteries asislands and monasteries on islands human body as an island ofreligious achievements seasonal islandisation of certainlands.