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The Aesthetics of Island Space: Perception, Ideology, Geopoetics

Johannes Riquet


The Aesthetics of Island Space discusses islands as central figures in the modern experience of space. It examines the spatial poetics of islands in literary texts (from The Tempest to The Hungry Tide), journals of explorers and scientists (such as Cook and Darwin), and Hollywood cinema (e.g. The Hurricane and King Kong), tracing how islands have offered vivid perceptual experiences as well as a geopoetic oscillation between the poetic energies of words and images and the material energies of the physical world. Its chapters focus on America’s island gateways (e.g. Roanoke and Ellis Island), t ... More

Keywords: island, archipelago, spatial perception and experience, space and ideology, literature and exploration, geography in literature and film, geopoetics, geocriticism, phenomenology, aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198832409
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198832409.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johannes Riquet, author
Associate Professor of English Literature, University of Tampere

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