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2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars
2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars Fellow
Maxine Savage (they/them/their)
Borealism Backwards: West Nordic Exoticization and its Others
“Borealism Backwards” addresses the exoticization of the North, i.e., borealism, as an ongoing phenomenon shaping discourses of gender, sexuality, and race in the cultural productions of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland. What happens when this exoticization, which features ideals of hyperwhiteness, hypermasculinity, and hyperstraightness, encounters its others? In theorizing Black geographies of the North, critiquing the “post” of postcolonial Iceland, and attending to literary dreams of Kalaallit Nunaat’s (Greenland) decolonial futures, this project adds to the small but growing body of work on queer and racialized subjects in the West Nordics.