Virtual Meet the Author: Bernd Brunner, Extreme North: A Cultural History

Virtual Meet the Author: Bernd Brunner, Extreme North: A Cultural History

16 Jul
  • July 16th, 2022
  • 11am-12pm
  • 2655 NW Market Street Seattle
  • Virtual Event

People have long projected their fantasies onto the great expanse of the global North, whether it be as a frozen no-man’s-land, an icy realm of marauding Vikings, or an unspoiled cradle of prehistoric human life. In EXTREME NORTH: A Cultural History, historian Bernd Brunner reconstructs the encounters of adventurers, colonists, and indigenous communities that led to the creation of a northern “cabinet of wonders” and imbued Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Arctic with a perennial mystique. An entertaining and informative voyage through cultural fantasies of the North, from sea monsters and a mountain-sized magnet to racist myth-making, Extreme North explores both the dramatic vistas of the Scandinavian fjords and the murky depths of a Western psyche obsessed with Nordic whiteness.

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