MYTH AND MATERIALITY IN A WOMAN’S WORLD
Shetland 1800-2000

LYNN ABRAMS
252pp 6 FIGS & MAPS 2005 OUT OF PRINT H644

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Shetland has a history unique in Europe, for over the past two centuries it was a place where women dominated the family, the economy and the cultural imagination. Women ran households and crofts without men. They maintained families and communities because men were absent. And they constructed in their minds an identity of themselves as 'liberated' long before organised feminism. And yet, Shetland is a place formed by the most masculine of societies -- those of the Picts, Scots and above all the Vikings -- and its contemporary identity still draws on the heroic exploits and sagas of medieval Norsemen. Abrams reconstructs this ‘woman’s world’ from written and oral sources and offers answers as to how, in this most isolated island community, the inhabitants transgressed and reversed their traditional roles.