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International Research Group
The International Research Group
consists of five nissophile scholars from the fields of literary and cultural as well as mediastudies who currently live, research, write, and teach in four different countries. We have weekly meetings online and meet periodically for workshops.
Together we undertake an international, multidisciplinary study of the spatial imagination of island topographies across contemporary popular literature, film, television, computer games, popular music, and advertisement. We are similarly interested in the tradition that leads up to our contemporary vision of these distinct spaces and the intertextual weight of earlier literary islands on later ones.
In broad terms, the aim of this collaborative research project is to go beyond earlier approaches to island landscapes that focus on interpretive readings of the island as a trope, icon, or symbol. We want to develop a more sustained understanding of the poetics and spatialities of islands across multiple media, genres, and geographical regions.
We aim to probe the multiple ways in which islands are constructed through, by, and in fiction; in this sense, we advocate a poetic approach to islands studies as a means of calling for a nuanced understanding of the particu-larities of islands as they are experienced by characters, readers, and viewers.
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