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Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago
Imagining Islands

ISBN 9780815374275
Published June 4, 2018 by Routledge
220 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited collection, including contributors from the disciplines of art history, film studies, cultural geography and cultural anthropology, explores ways in which islands in the north of England and Scotland have provided space for a variety of visual-cultural practices and forms of creative expression which have informed our understanding of the world. Simultaneously, the chapters reflect upon the importance of these islands as a space in which, and with which, to contemplate the pressures and the possibilities within contemporary society. This book makes a timely and original contribution to the developing field of island studies, and will be of interest to scholars studying issues of place, community and the peripheries.

Table of Contents



Ysanne Holt, David Martin-Jones and Owain Jones

1. Islandness and Visual Culture between the Wars.

Ysanne Holt

2. ‘Stones Hard’ and a ‘Sea like Glass’: Orwell’s Island Pastoral

Craig Richardson

3. Island Geographies, The Second World War Film and the Northern Isles of Scotland

Ian Goode

4. 'A Hesitation of the Tide': Lindisfarne, Iona, Venice

Murdo Macdonald

5. ‘All is Lithogenesis’; Contemporary Memorials on the Isle of Lewis

Tom Normand

6. Mac, Son of William McTaggart: Time Travelling Children in Gaelic Island Films.

David Martin-Jones

7. Fantasy Islands of the Cinematic and Televisual North: Genre and the Location of Anxiety

Peter Hutchings

8. Shetland on YouTube: Youth Film in the Northern Isles

Rupert Ashmore

9. Drawn Together: Patterning Holy Island

Julie Crawshaw

10. Views over the Sound. Imagining (Northern) Isles as Grounds for Alternative Narratives of becoming Non-modern.

Owain Jones and Laura Denning


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Ysanne Holt is Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Northumbria University.

David Martin-Jones is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Owain Jones is Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University.