Between Utopia and Dystopia: Colonial Ambivalence and Early Modern Perception of Sápmi

@article{Naum2016BetweenUA,
  title={Between Utopia and Dystopia: Colonial Ambivalence and Early Modern Perception of S{\'a}pmi},
  author={Magdalena Naum},
  journal={Itinerario},
  year={2016},
  volume={40},
  pages={489 - 521}
}
The northernmost regions of Fennoscandia attracted attention of travellers and geographers for centuries. These regions were often imagined in ambivalent terms as homelands of evil and dearth or as places of true happiness. From the seventeenth century onwards, Sápmi (Lapland) became a destination of regular exploration undertaken by Swedish and foreign travellers. These travels made it possible to verify, dismiss, or authorize all that what was previously only speculated about, and ultimately… 
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