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Fletcher, LM 2011 , '"some distance to go...": A Critical Survey of Island Studies' , New Literatures Review, vol. 47-48 , pp. 17-34 .

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The debut issue of Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures , launched in 2007, points to the need for more rigorous and sustained scrutiny of the "foundational assumptions" of the organised study of islands. The editorial states: "Over the past two decades islands have been subject to an increasing amount of research and, to a lesser extend, theorisation." This article seeks to address this imbalance by attempting a critical survey of island studies scholarship; in particular it focuses on ideas about literature which hold sway in the field and undermine claims to genuine and generous interdisciplinarity.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fletcher, LM
Keywords: islands; island studies; post colonialism
Journal or Publication Title: New Literatures Review
ISSN: 0314-7495
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