Islands have always occupied a powerful place and have been a source of fascination in the literary imagination. The island, a territory separated fromother lands by water, lends itself easily to fantasy and mythologizing.
Island spaces are used to explore and create bridges between the real and the imaginary as a response to cultural andsocial realities, frequently taking the form of utopias/dystopias, Edens, Arcadias, nations, metatexts, cultural crossroads. The virtual spaces of islands are susceptible totranslatability and articulate perspectives on the shifting relationship between self and other, center and periphery, serving as sites of mediation between cultures. Within an increasingly globalculture marked by inequalities and differences, islands may induce a contrapuntal approach to literary and cultural criticism.
Many of the island that occupy the literary imaginary today arealready present in the classical literature of the ancient Mediterranean such as the island world of the Odyssey and other islands including Delos, Atlantis, and Thule.
Literary works seton islands:
• Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe
• R.M. Ballantyne – The Coral Island
• R.L. Stevenson – Treasure Island
• H.G. Wells – The Island of Dr. Moreau
•William Golding – Lord of the Flies
• D.H. Lawrence – The Man who loved islands
• Michel Tournier – Friday
• Aldous Huxley – Island
• Shakespeare - The Tempest
• AgathaChristie - And Then There Were None
• Jules Verne - The Mysterious Island (L'Île mystérieuse)
• Bianca Bradbbury - Two on an Island
• James F. Bowman - The Island Home
•Anne Parish - Floating Island
• Captain Marryat - Masterman Ready
• R.L. Stevenson - The Isle of Voices
• James Buchan - The Island of Sheep
• Herman Melville – Typee