Islands in Literature

15 credits

This course is divided into two modules, “Cultural Studies in English” and “Islands in Literature.” Both modules are theme courses based on a specific subject area, and include reading of both theoretical and literary texts. During the course students work with practical textual analysis and formulate and develop arguments in relation to the subject area.

Module 1, “Cultural Studies in English”

Cultural studies is a complex field that is becoming more and more important for the study of literature. This module introduces the concept of Cultural Studies and discusses how culture functions, how it negotiates reality, history and personal and national identity and how it relates to politics and power. During the module, we will study critical theory and a number of cultural products and speculate on how culture transforms the way we understand the past and think about ourselves and the world we live in.

Module 2, “Islands in Literature”

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.


Linnaeus University’s campus is located roughly 15 minutes with bicycle from the city centre. Campus is like a small society in its own right, with the university, student accommodation and student life all in one place. Everything happens on campus – here you become part of a creative knowledge environment and an eventful student life.

What will you find when exploring Växjö? There is a great selection of restaurants and cosy cafés. There is a large lake in the city centre, beautiful nature is always nearby. Many students enjoy the combination of the city centre in Växjö and life on campus. This is where your dream of the future begins!