Islands in Literature

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What do texts like The Tempest, Robinson Crusoe and The Island of Dr. Moreau have in common? One thing that they share is their setting: an island. Islands have played a significant role in the history of Western literature, often acting as powerful symbols for the beliefs, anxieties and desires of people in Europe and beyond. This module examines islands as a literary motif in a series of canonical texts, but it also theorizes islands from the point of view of postcolonical and ecocritical cultural theory. Since islands have often been sites of colonial expansion and exploitation, they, and their representation in Western literature, have been symbolic sites of power and resistance between humans as well as between humans and nature. By studying a series of representations of islands ranging from Plato until today, this course rethinks the notion that islands in literature are simply islands. It moreover provides opportunity for re-definitions of the seemingly simple term "island" itself, since islands, far from being monolithic entities, have held different meanings to different societies and times.

Distance

To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.

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