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As the global banking boom of the early twenty-first century expanded towards implosion, Icelandic media began calling the country’s celebrity financiers útrásarvíkingar: “raiding vikings.” This new coinage encapsulated the macho, medievalist nationalism which underwrote Iceland’s exponential financialisation. Yet within a few days in October 2008, Iceland saw all its main banks collapse beneath debts worth nearly ten times the country’s GDP.Hall charts how Icelandic novelists and poets grappled with the Crash over the ensuing decade. As the first English-language monograph devoted to twenty-first-century Icelandic literature, it provides Anglophone readers with an introduction to one of the world’s liveliest literary scenes. It also contributes a key case study for understanding global artistic responses to the early twenty-first century crisis of runaway, unregulated capitalism, exploring the struggles of writers to adapt realist forms of art to surreal times.As Iceland’s biggest crisis since their independence from Denmark in 1944, the effect of the Crash on the national self-image was as seismic as its effects on the economy. This study analyses the centrality of whiteness and the abjection of the “developing world” in Iceland’s post-colonial identity, and shows how Crash-writing explores the collisions of Iceland’s traditional, nationalist medievalism with a dystopian, Orientalist medievalism associated with the Islamic world.The Crash in Iceland was instantly recognised as offering important economic insights. This book shows how Iceland also helps us to understand the cultural convulsions that have followed the Financial Crisis widely in the West.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Copyright, Title Page
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 9-16
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 17-20
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  1. 1. Opening an Account
  2. pp. 21-58
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  1. 2. The Crisis of Realism
  2. pp. 59-130
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  1. 3. Neomedievalism and a Microstate
  2. pp. 131-196
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  1. 4. Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson, Knight of Industry
  2. pp. 197-270
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  1. 5. Utopianism
  2. pp. 271-326
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  1. 6. Interest Payments
  2. pp. 327-344
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 345-374
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 375-394
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781950192700
Related ISBN(s)
9781950192694
MARC Record
OCLC
1232192227
Pages
394
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-14
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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