Islands in Literature

15 credits

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.

Växjö

Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!

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