Iceland and Ireland, two North-Atlantic islands on the periphery of Europe, share a long history that reaches back to the ninth century. Direct contact between the islands has ebbed and flowed like their shared Atlantic tides over the subsequent millennium, with long blanks and periods of apparently very little exchange, transit or contact. These relational and regularly ruptured histories, discontinuities and dispossessions are discussed here less to cover (again) the well-trodden ground of our national traditions. Rather, this volume productively illuminates how a variety of memory modes, expressed in trans-cultural productions and globalized genre forms, such as museums cultures, crime novels, the lyric poem, the medieval codex or historical fiction, operate in multi-directional ways as fluid transnational agents of change in and between the two islands. At the same time, there is an alertness to the ways in which physical, political and linguistic isolation and exposure have also made these islands places of forgetting.

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Fionnuala Dillane is Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature at University College Dublin. She is author of Before George Eliot: Marian Evans and the Periodical Press (2013) and co-editor of The Body in Pain in Irish Literature and Culture (2016) and Ireland, Slavery, Anti-Slavery and Empire (2018).

Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland. Her previous books include Representations of Forgetting in Life Writing and Fiction (2017) and Noir in the North(2020).
Series Editors
Norbert Bachleitner, Universität Wien, Austria
Juliane WernerUniversität Wien, Austria

Founded by Alberto Martino

Editorial Board
Paul Ferstl, Universität Wien, Austria
Rüdiger Görner, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Stephanie M. Hilger, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
Achim Hölter, Universität Wien, Austria
John A. McCarthy, Vanderbilt University
Manfred Pfister, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Sven H. Rossel, Universität Wien, Austria
Chenxi Tang, University of California at Berkeley, California, USA

Note on the Text

Notes on Contributors

1 Iceland — Ireland Memory, Literature, Culture on the Atlantic Periphery
  Fionnuala Dillane and Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir

part 1
Landscapes of Crisis: Islands on the Edge
2 Neoliberal Memory and the Market Financialization, Algorithmic Governmentality and Boom Fiction in Iceland and Ireland
  Sharae Deckard

3 Precarious States of Being The 2008 Financial Crisis in Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir’s Siglingin um síkin (2012) and Conor O’Callaghan’s Nothing on Earth (2016)
  Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir

4 Warnings from the Water’s Edge Deep Time and Narrative Excess in Arnaldur Indriðason’s Strange Shores and Tana French’s Broken Harbour
  Fionnuala Dillane

5 Trauma and Eco-Memory in Sjón’s The Blue Fox (2003), Eimear McBride’s A Girl is A Half-Formed Thing (2013) and Sara Baume’s A Line Made by Walking (2017)
  Anne Fogarty

part 2
Politics of Island Imaginaries
6 ‘In this corner of peace in a world of trouble’ The Literature of Islands of the North-East Atlantic in the Second World War
  John Brannigan

7 Islands and War Remembering the Allied Occupation in Iceland
  Daisy Neijmann

8 ‘Rise, thou youthful flag of Iceland!’ Moonstone and Sjón’s Queer Anti-Patriotism
  Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir

part 3
Framing Heritage: Mobilizing Memory and Forgetting
9 Gaelic Whispers What the Icelanders Remembered of Their Irish Past
  Gísli Sigurðsson

10 Hurling, knattleikr and the Global Tradition of Stick-and-Ball Play
  Paul Rouse

11 Trial Pieces Reading the Viking Past in Contemporary Irish Poetry
  Lucy Collins


This collection will of interest to scholars, graduate students and undergraduate students who work in Memory Studies, Transnational and Comparative Literatures, Transcultural Studies, Environmental Humanities and Oceanic Studies. It has direct relevance to Irish Studies and Icelandic Studies departments as well as to a general readership interested in contemporary fiction, poetry, heritage, and the history of sport.
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