Literary Islands

Aus Iaawiki

Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154227 Literary Islands 2 HS Di 14:15 - 15:45 digital Lenz
Course Description

“No man is an island“
This is the title and first line of John Donne’s famous poem. He goes on to claim that every man (and thus every island) is part of a larger structure, “part of the main”. But is that not the opposite of what makes an island special – its insularity, its closed-offness, its remoteness? Islands are popular holiday destinations – Majorca, Thai or Balinese islands, Cuba, the list is near endless – but whereas tourists can leave at their own leisure, many famous island dwellers could not, Robinson Crusoe being the most widely-known example. In this course we will discuss texts that construct islands and their inhabitants and discuss the idea of insularity, identity and relationships. In doing so we will be employing concepts from island studies as well as cultural geography. The phenomenon of the (literary) island will be at the foreground of this course.

Course Reading

Since the semester will be held digitally, you may also buy the e-reader versions of the texts.

  • Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe (Penguin Classics edition is recommended, but the Penguin English Library edition is fine too)
  • Michael Crummey Sweetland
  • Mary Ann Shaffer The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Neil Plakcy Mahu Blood

Course Requirements

Credits will be awarded on the basis of either:

  • Hausarbeit’/term paper
  • ‘aktive Teilnahme’
  • Written exam
  • Literature and Culture Project

Personal attendance during the first session is required to maintain the enrolment status.

2009 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
2016 601, 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:
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