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dc.contributor.advisorWest, Gary
dc.contributor.advisorShaw, John
dc.contributor.advisorGunnell, Terry
dc.contributor.authorSchram, Kristinn Helgi Magnusson
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-24T10:49:34Z
dc.date.available2012-05-24T10:49:34Z
dc.date.issued2011-11-22
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/5976
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the exotic performances and representations of Icelanders and 'the North' (borealism) in both contemporary mediums and daily life focusing on their practice within intricate power-relations and transnational folkloric encounters. It sets forth theory in understanding the dynamics, agency and ironies involved with performing one's identity and folklore and a corresponding methodology of fieldwork and audio-visual documentation. It looks at the representation of the North through the produced and widespread images of Icelanders. It sheds light on the dynamics behind these representations and the coalescence of personal experience; everyday cultural expression; modes of commodification; and folkloric contexts from which many of these images emerge. The primary case study is an ethnography of Icelandic expatriates in Europe and North America that explores the roles of identity and folk culture in transcultural performances. In approaching the questions of differentiation and the folklore of dislocation everyday practices such as oral narrative and food traditions are studied as an arena of the negotiation and performance of identity. Interlinking theoretical and methodological concerns the thesis brings to bear how expressive culture and performance may corrode the strategies of boundary making and marginalisation re-enforced by exotic imagery by tactical re-appropriation. Finally the thesis explores the concept of ironic, as opposed to 'authentic', identities.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.relation.hasversionKatla Kjartansdóttir and Kristinn Schram, 'Re-Negotiating Identity in the National Museum of Iceland' in Scandinavian Museums and Cultural Diversity (London: UNESCO/Museum of London, 2008) pp. 221-230.en
dc.relation.hasversionSchram, Kristinn, 'Afdalabændur, Reykjavíkurpakk og allraþjóðakvikindi', in Þjóðerni í þúsund ár, ed. by Sverrir Jakobsson, Kolbeinn Proppé og Jón Ingvi Jóhannesson (Reykjavík: Háskólaútgáfan, 2003), pp. 215 - 237en
dc.relation.hasversionSchram, Kristinn, 'Performing the North' in ARV: Nordic Yearbook of Folklore (2009) 59-71en
dc.subjectperformanceen
dc.subjectrepresentationen
dc.subjectidentityen
dc.subjectoral narrativeen
dc.subjectvisual cultureen
dc.titleBorealism: folkloristic perspectives on transnational performances and the exoticism of the Northen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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