• Brendan meets Columbus: A more commodious islescape

    Author(s):
    James Smith (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Environmental Humanities, History, Literary Geography, Medieval Studies, Philosophy
    Subject(s):
    11th to 14th century, Medieval history, Medieval literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    insularity, Island theory, Water history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6TV1K
    Abstract:
    This paper proposes that we can reimagine insular literatures and medieval islescapes as commodious seas of cultural and intellectual loci that span time, culture, and text alike. By moving beyond the rhetoric of insular separation or connectivity, we can see that islands connect even when medieval minds saw separation. The essay focuses on the Brendan legend and the commodious cultural ‘sea of islands’ that it inhabits, a space that connects the modern reader to a history of other connections, fact to fancy, and the real and the imaginary. When sailing in this sea, Brendan meets Columbus, and the late medieval idea of a lost island spreads though space and time.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1057/s41280-016-0027-x
    Journal:
    postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies
    Volume:
    7
    Start Page:
    526
    End Page:
    538
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 week ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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