Story and the outdoors, fiction or non-fiction?

Loynes, Christopher (2008) Story and the outdoors, fiction or non-fiction? In: Becker, Peter and Schirp, Jochem, (eds.) Other ways of learning: The European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning 1996-2006. BSJ, Marburg, Germany, pp. 181-192.

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The landscape is storied. The landscape is cloaked in multifarious stories. ‘Scape’ is a suffix derived from the French meaning to cloak, as in ‘to cloak in meaning or stories’. Some of these stories are from the past ‘written’ in the features and names in the landscape or the memories of people. They tell of ice ages, forests, long extinct animals, human settlements and lives, invasions, agriculture, industry and leisure. For example ‘Grizedale’, the name of several valleys in the English Lake District where I live, is constructed of old Norse words integrated into the local dialect from Viking settlers 1,200 years age (Rollinson, 1989). A ‘grize’ is a wild boar, extinct in Britain since the thirteenth century (though recently returning to the wild in the south of England). A ‘dale’ is a U shaped glaciated valley. Just one word holds so many interweaving stories. As in this case, some of these stories are natural histories and some are cultural histories.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: BSJ
ISBN: 9783940549037
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Manuscript made open access with kind permission from publisher BSJ Marburg.
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Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 14:23
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 19:16


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