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Idea of North
By Peter Davidson

The Idea of North

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Idea of North by Peter Davidson

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As with the compass needle, so people have always been most powerfully attracted northwards; everyone carries within them their own concept of north. "The Idea of North" is a study, ranging widely in time and place, of some of the ways in which these ideas have found expression. Peter Davidson explores the topography of north as represented in images and literature, taking in Netherlandic winter paintings of the Renaissance, German Romantic landscapes, Scandinavian Biedermeyer and twentieth-century topographical painting and printmaking. He examines a bewildering diversity of mythologies and imaginings of north, including The Snow Queen; Scandinavian Sagas; ghost-stories; Moomintrolls, Arctic exploration; the fictitious snowy kingdoms of Zembla and Naboland; Nabokov's nostalgias; Baltic midsummer; rooms in winter light; compasses and star-stones; hoar-frost; and, ice and glass. The book also traces a northward journey, describing northern rural England, industrial sites, and the long emptiness of the borders, Scotland and the Highlands. He looks at the region far north of Scotland, then moves to the Northern Netherlands and Scandinavia to explore their identifiable northernness.The last visited place is Iceland, identified by W. H. Auden and Louis McNeice in 1936 as furthest, most remote, most distant, most northerly'. An engaging meditation on solitude, absence and stillness, "The Idea of North" shows north to be a goal rather than a destination, a place of revelation that is always somewhere ultimate and austere.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781861892300
ISBN-10: 1861892306
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Now available in b-format paperback, this is an acclaimed exploration of the conception of 'north' as represented in art, literature and myth.

Last of the Light by Peter Davidson Last of the Light, Hardback (November 2015)

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Turbulence by Peter Davidson Turbulence, Paperback (June 2015)

This is an advanced textbook on the subject of turbulence, and is suitable for engineers, physical scientists and applied mathematicians. The aim of the book is to bridge the gap between the elementary accounts of turbulence to be found in undergraduate texts, and the more rigorous, accounts given in the many monographs on the subject.

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Author Biography - Peter Davidson

Peter Davidson is Fellow of Campion Hall, University of Oxford. He has taught at the universities of Aberdeen, Leiden and Warwick. He is the author of a book of essays about northern culture, Distance and Memory (2013), a collection of verse, The Palace of Oblivion (2008), and The Last of the Light: About Twilight (also from Reaktion).

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