Herostories (Paperback)

Herostories By Kristín Svava Tomasdottír, Kb Thors (Translator) Cover Image

Herostories (Paperback)


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Herostories reveals tales untold by most history books: the harrowing journeys and vital triumphs of nineteenth - and twentieth century midwifery in the vast landscape of Iceland.

Composed from the memoirs and biographies of 100 Icelandic midwives, poet-historian Krist iacute;n Svava T oacute;masd ttir's found poems illuminate the dangers and valor of birthwork. Forgoing traditional sagas of androcentric conquest, these poems center the adventures of lj sm ur, "mothers of light." T masd ttir leverages epic elements-dashing mountain treks, rivers forded on horseback, unyielding compassion--to challenge how and by whom stories become legend.

The follow-up to T masd ttir and Thors' award-winning, PEN-nominated Stormwarning, Herostories documents the professional achievements of Iceland's first women to work outside the home, precursors to today's midwives who remain central to contemporary health care on the island.

Beyond archival recognition, the text's formally ambitious poetics render gender-based battles for literacy and education alongside narratives of selfless womanly caretaking, pressurizing the fundamental tensions between feminine self-actualization and the romanticized service of these trailblazing figures.

Product Details ISBN: 9781646052288
ISBN-10: 1646052285
Publisher: Phoneme Media
Publication Date: March 21st, 2023
Pages: 162
Language: English