Pirates and smugglers, ghost ships and sea-serpents, fishermen’s prayers and sailors’ rituals – the coastline of the British Isles plays host to an astonishingly rich variety of local legends, customs, and superstitions. In The Fabled Coast, renowned folklorists Sophia Kingshill and Jennifer Westwood gather together the most enthralling tales and traditions, tracing their origins and examining the facts behind the legends. Was there ever such a beast as the monstrous Kraken? Did a Welsh prince discover America, centuries before Columbus? What happened to the missing crew of the Mary Celeste? Along the way, they recount the stories that are an integral part of our coastal heritage, such as the tale of Drake’s Drum, said to be heard when England was in peril, and the mythical island of Hy Brazil, which for centuries appeared on sea charts and maps to the west of Ireland. The result is an endlessly fascinating, often surprising journey through our island history.
Legends & traditions from around the shores of Britain & Ireland
Author: Sophia Kingshill,The Estate of Jennifer Westwood
Publisher: Random House
In all the complex cultural history of the islands of Britain and Ireland the idea of the coast as a significant representative space is critical. For many important artists coastal space has figured as a site from which to braid ideas of empire, nation, region, and archipelago. They have been drawn to the coast as a zone of geographical uncertainty in which the self-definitions of the nation founder; they have been drawn to it as a peripheral space of vestigial wildness, of island retreats and experimental living; as a network of diverse localities richly endowed with distinctive forms of cultural heritage; and as a dynamically interconnected ecosystem, which is at the same time the historic site of significant developments in fieldwork and natural science. This collection situates these cultures of the Atlantic edge in a series of essays that create new contexts for coastal study in literary history and criticism. The contributors frame their research in response to emerging conversations in archipelagic criticism, the blue humanities, and island studies, the essays challenging the reader to reconsider ideas of margin, periphery and exchange. These twelve case studies establish the coast as a crucial location in the imaginative history of Britain, Ireland and the north Atlantic edge. Coastal Works will appeal to readers of literature and history with an interest in the sea, the environment, and the archipelago from the 18th century to the present. Accessible, innovative and provocative, Coastal Works establishes the important role that the coast plays in our cultural imaginary and suggests a range of methodologies to represent relationships between land, sea, and cultural work.
Cultures of the Atlantic Edge
Author: Nicholas Allen,Nick Groom,Jos Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Literary Collections
Recurring to the governing idea of her 2005 study Shakespeare on the Edge, Lisa Hopkins expands the parameters of her investigation beyond England to include the Continent, and beyond Shakespeare to include a number of dramatists ranging from Christopher Marlowe to John Ford. Hopkins also expands her notion of liminality to explore not only geographical borders, but also the intersection of the material and the spiritual more generally, tracing the contours of the edge which each inhabits. Making a journey of its own by starting from the most literally liminal of physical structures, walls, and ending with the wholly invisible and intangible, the idea of the divine, this book plots the many and various ways in which, for the Renaissance imagination, metaphysical overtones accrued to the physically liminal.
Author: Lisa Hopkins
Category: Literary Criticism
Category: English literature
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Author: Josephus Nelson Larned
Feo und ihre Mutter leben in einer kleinen Hütte im Wald. Sie wildern Wölfe aus, die einst als Glücksbringer an die St. Petersburger Oberschicht verkauft worden waren, aber jetzt zu groß und wild geworden sind. Nun auf einmal sollen die Wölfe nicht bloß ausgewildert, sondern getötet werden. Doch Feos Mutter weigert sich und wird von General Rakow gefangen genommen. Feo kann in letzter Sekunde entkommen. Gemeinsam mit drei Wölfen, einem Wolfsjungen und einer bunt zusammengewürfelten Kindertruppe macht sie sich auf den Weg, um ihre Mutter zu retten und dem General die Stirn zu bieten.
Author: Katherine Rundell
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Crispin Gill
Publisher: David & Charles Publishers
Researches Into the Origin of Civilisation in the Old and the New World
Author: Sir Daniel Wilson
Publisher: London : Macmillan
Author: Franz Xaver ¬von Schönwerth
Its Scenery, Character and History
Author: Mrs. S. C. Hall
Or, Legends and Superstitions of the Sea and of Sailors in All Lands and at All Times
Author: Fletcher S. Bassett
Its Scenery, Character and History
Author: Samuel Carter Hall
A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature
Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries