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Seawomen of Iceland - (Naomi B. Pascal Editor's Endowment) by Margaret Willson (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 312

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: Europe

Series Title: Naomi B. Pascal Editor's Endowment

Format: Paperback

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Book theme: Scandinavia

Author: Margaret Willson

Language: English

TCIN: 54484016
UPC: 9780295744216
Item Number (DPCI): 248-89-0407

Description

Finalist for the 2017 Washington State Book Award in General Nonfiction / History

The plaque said this was the winter fishing hut of Thur�dur Einarsd�ttir, one of Iceland's greatest fishing captains, and that she lived from 1777 to 1863.

"Wait," anthropologist and former seawoman Margaret Willson said. "She "

So began a quest. Were there more Icelandic seawomen? Most Icelanders said no, and, after all, in most parts of the world fishing is considered a male profession. What could she expect in Iceland?

She found a surprise. This book is a glimpse into the lives of vibrant women who have braved the sea for centuries. Their accounts include the excitement, accidents, trials, and tribulations of fishing in Iceland from the historic times of small open rowboats to today's high-tech fisheries. Based on extensive historical and field research, Seawomen of Iceland allows the seawomen's voices to speak directly with strength, intelligence, and - above all - a knowledge of how to survive.

This engaging ethnographic narrative will intrigue both general and academic readers interested in maritime culture, the anthropology of work, Nordic life, and gender studies.

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