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Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago

Imagining Islands, 1st Edition

Edited by Ysanne Holt, David Martin-Jones, Owain Jones


206 pages | 43 B/W Illus.

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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


Notes on contributors

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

British Art: Histories and Interpretations since 1700

This series exists to publish new and rigorous scholarship of the highest quality on British and Irish art after 1700. Proposals will offer new bodies of research or new interpretations, ideally both, and should demonstrate a clear awareness of the proposed volume's contribution to current and wider art-historical debates. We define British art broadly to mean art made in the British Isles or by British artists, and particularly welcome proposals which address the topic from international or comparative cultural perspectives. We also welcome proposals for intellectually ambitious studies concerning more localised areas, issues and themes within British and Irish art during this period. Above all, we encourage proposals for books on British and Irish art which transcend the descriptive in order to offer a broader methodological and/or historiographical contribution to the discipline of art history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies