Journeys to the centre of the mind
Iceland in the literary and the professorial imagination
in From Iceland to the Americas
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Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth (published in French in 1864, but widely circulating in English translations by the mid-1870s) stands as a defining document in the literary imagination of Iceland in the Anglo-American tradition. It looks back to a heritage of associating philology and geology as historical sciences and, in turn, of finding Iceland as the lode for both. It also provided later travellers with a template for exploring both the language and the landscape of the island. In the process, Verne’s novel helped to make the scholar into a heroic adventurer and grant to nineteenth-century writers a new sense of a professorial sublime.

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