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Women and Water: Icelandic Tales and Anglo-Saxon Moorings

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Clare Adele Lees, Gillian R Overing

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
Accepted/In press20 Oct 2017
Published20 Dec 2017


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This collaborative article offers a multi-disciplinary dialogue about modern and medieval ways of knowing and understanding water as place and process – as source and resource – and in so doing, explores and unsettles habitual disciplinary associations of place with specific times, identities and genders. It brings together medieval and modern ideas about water, women and the monstrous in art, popular culture, poetry and learned texts to demonstrate how the subject of water connects different times, places and media. Beginning in modern Iceland, the essay moves through Icelandic and early medieval British tales of the watery, the fishy and the female, using the work of contemporary American artist, Roni Horn, known for her work on place, identity and Iceland, to focus this criss-crossing of temporalities, cultures and places.

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