Affective islandness: personal narratives and material identities
Islands often appear to have that "one person" and their narrative that comes to especially represent the essential quality of the island place. This paper explores how such celebrated persons, and their celebrity status both on a local and international stage offer sites of affective islandness. Using cases-studies drawn from Canada and Scotland we consider how island communities work to harness and narrativise the affective power of their island celebrities to create cultural places and spaces that inform a broader collective island identity. With reference to the material sites and affective spaces of (a) L. M. Montgomery on Prince Edward Island and (b) Dr John Rae in Orkney, our short paper considers these two quite different historical personae as contrasting and complimentary examples of how islands create, foster and forge collective cultural narratives via the affective materiality of "their own".
|Conference||International Small Islands Studies Association 2021 Conference|
|Abbreviated title||ISISA 2021|
|Period||14/06/21 → 18/06/21|
- material culture
- affective sociology
- cultural hertitage