European Small Islands Federation

Archive for Islandology


“No man is an island” — but what is an island? And why might you set a poem, a novel, a philosophical utopia there?

Marc Shell explores the geography, rhetoric, and politics of islands, from the mythical Atlantis to contemporary environmental disasters.

“Islandology” offers not only new ways to think about islands, but also why and how we think by means of them.

MARC SHELL is the Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, where he also serves as Faculty Associate at the Center for the Environment. He is the author of a dozen books, on topics ranging from nationalism and economics to multilingualism and disability studies.

Co-sponsored by: English, Environmental Studies & Sciences, Latin American and Latinx Studies Program, Modern Languages and Literatures, Political Economy, the Project for the Study of Liberal Democracy, and Phi Beta Kappa.