Since the time of the Columbian discoveries, island literature has become inseparable from historical, political and geographical globalisation, though as Rod Edmond and Vanessa Smith note, at the time of their writing, "islands had tended to slip the net of postcolonial theorising" (2003, p. 5). Modelling ways of reading island literature in the context of modern world-making, the following discussion will examine three of the dominant binaries by which islands have been understood and bifurcated: reality and fantasy, utopia and dystopia, isolation and connection. Our intention is twofold. First, this chapter will demonstrate the inevitable contagion between these three sets of binaries, which readily collapse if we dislocate the imperial eye. Second, it will set out some of the key issues for Literary Studies in the context of Island Studies where 'the island' is uniquely poised between real and imaginary domains. The range of literature we discuss is also limited by our own literary heritages: French and English. We have attempted to extend that range through translated texts but these are far outweighed by our own areas of expertise. What we have attempted is a cross-cultural dialogue to open a wider conversation about and between the world's literary islands.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge international handbook of island studies|
|Subtitle of host publication||a world of islands|
|Place of Publication||London ; New York|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2018|