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English 7079: Post-Colonial Studies 1: Imagining Islands


Figured as utopias and dystopias, paradises and penitentiaries, islands have long proved a rich and malleable imaginative terrain for creative writers. This seminar course will examine how the space is constructed both in canonical island texts including Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Shakespeare's The Tempest, as well as in contemporary writing by authors such as J.M. Coetzee and Wayne Johnston. Because islands are quintessential colonial spaces, the theoretical framework for the course will be drawn primarily, but not exclusively, from postcolonial studies. Our broad aim will be to focus on islands both as sites of lived histories, as well as suggestive grounds for shifting metaphoric constructions.


Winter 2012



Dr. Fiona Polack (