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Johannes Riquet

  

  Johnny Riquet

Associate Professor of English Literature

E-mail: johannes.riquet@tuni.fi

Office: Pinni B 4056

Telephone: +358 50 437 70 60

Consultation hours: Wednesday 4-6 pm

  

  

Portrait

Johannes Riquet is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Tampere. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Island Space: Perception, Ideology, Geopoetics (forthcoming with OUP) and the editor of Spatial Modernities: Geography, Narrative, Imaginaries (Routledge, 2018). He is currently working on a new book on the railway journey in British fiction and a project on contemporary representations of the transnational Arctic alongside his continued interest in islands. He is one of the founding members of the international research group Island Poetics. Johannes Riquet’s research interests include islands, spatiality, the links between literature and geography, phenomenology, deconstruction, representations of magic, cinema, and railway journeys in literature and the arts.

  

Research Projects


Trains, Interrupted: British Railroad Fiction and the Accidents of Modernity

Trains, Interrupted is aRain, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway (Turner, 1844) comprehensive study of the complex intersections of aesthetic experience and the project of modernity in British representations of the railroad from 1830-1939. It offers a cultural history of the railway journey in literature, cinema and the visual arts as a specifically modern experience of multiple accidents, interruptions and interferences. Starting with a discussion of early railroad fiction (like Charles Dickens’s Dombey and Son and “The Signalman”), it also discusses modernist engagements with the train (such as Virginia Woolf’s “An Unwritten Novel” and Dorothy Richardson’s “Journey to Paradise”), and addresses the importance of trains in early twentieth-century crime fiction (e.g. Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express and Ethel Lina White’s The Wheel Spins) and cinema (e.g. Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes).

  

Island Poetics

Island Poetics is an international Disappearing island in Lostresearch project devoted to the study of the spatial imagination of islands in literature, cinema and other media (such as computer games). We are interested in tracing the textual construction of islands in literary texts, films and other media by focusing on moments in those texts where the spatial conception of an island is established, changed or challenged. The project is led by five young researchers from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Tasmania, and Germany. We are currently in the process of putting together a co-authored volume on the spatial poetics of islands. We also regurlarly present joint panels at conferences on islands and spatiality, and are planning an international Island Poetics conference for 2018.

  

Arctic Passages and Transnational Geopolitics

This collaborative project responOrion's Beltds to the increasing interest in Arctic spaces in recent fiction as well as in scientific, environmental and geopolitical discourses. It connects contemporary global anxieties and fantasies projected onto the high north with a long history of imaginative investment in the Arctic as a both enabling and threatening transnational zone. It thus examines how older discourses – like those surrounding the search for the Northwest Passage or the paranoid Cold War scenarios of an Arctic war – are reinvented in contemporary visions (such as Sarah Moss's novel Cold Earth, the climate change documentary Chasing Ice, or the British TV series Fortitude), and to place these "southern" fictions in dialogue with indigenous perspectives (such as Andrew Okpeaha Maclea's On the Ice or Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann and Jan van den Berg's Silent Snow).

  

The Aesthetics of Island Space: Perception, Ideology, Geopoetics (completed)

King KongIn my first monograph (forthcoming with OUP), I examine the spatial poetics of islands in literary texts (from Shakespeare's The Tempest to Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide), journals of explorers and scientists (like James Cook and Charles Darwin), and Hollywood cinema (e.g. King Kong). I discuss islands as crucial figures in the modern experience of space as negotiated by Anglo-American texts and films. Arguing against standard accounts of literary islands as tropes for enclosed, autonomous and static spaces, I trace the ways in which literary islands have functioned as malleable spatial figures of geological instability and poetic production, and have offered vivid perceptual experiences and a geopoetic oscillation between the material energies of words and images and the energies of the physical world.

  

Books 

2019 (forthcoming, under contract). Images of Identity: Text, Visuality and Modern Culture. Ed. Johannes Riquet and Martin Heusser. London: Palgrave.

2019 (in press). The Aesthetics of Island Space: Perception, Ideology, Geopoetics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2018. Spatial Modernities: Geography, Narrative, Imaginaries. Ed. Johannes Riquet and Elizabeth Kollmann. London: Routledge.

 

Articles and book chapters

2020 (forthcoming). "Cinema, Geopolitics, and Arctic Landscapes: The Cold Cold War in Orion’s Belt (1985)." Shimmering Worlds: Conditions of Arctic Visuality. Ed. Markku Lehtimäki, Arja Rosenholm and Vlad Strukov.

2019 (in press). "Beyond Dystopia: (Re-)imagining Greenland in Sarah Moss's Cold Earth." Nordic Utopias and Dystopias. Ed. Pia Maria Ahlbäck et al. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2019 (in press). “Identity and Modern Visual Culture: Textual Perspectives.” Co-authored with Martin Heusser. Images of Identity: Text, Visuality and Modern Culture. Ed. Johannes Riquet and Martin Heusser. London: Palgrave.

2019 (in press). “Islands as (Floating) Images: Towards a Poetic Theory of Island Geography.” Images of Identity: Text, Visuality and Modern Culture. Ed. Johannes Riquet and Martin Heusser. London: Palgrave.

2019. "Towards a Phenomenology of Cinematic Islands: Utopian Islands of Memory in Three World War II Films." Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities 37.

2019. "Islands." Travel Writing: 100 Keywords. Ed. Charles Forsdick, Zoe Kinsley and Kathryn Walchester. London: Anthem.

2018. “Island Stills and Island Movements: Un/freezing the Island in 1920s and 1930s Hollywood Cinema.” Spatial Modernities: Geography, Narrative, Imaginaries. Ed. Johannes Riquet and Elizabeth Kollmann. London: Routledge. 119-136.

2018. "Spatial Modernities, Travelling Narratives: Framing the Debate." Spatial Modernities: Geography, Narrative, Imaginaries. Ed. Johannes Riquet and Elizabeth Kollmann. London: Routledge. 1-24.

2018. "Between Progress and Nostalgia: Technology, Geopolitics, and James Bond's Railway Journeys." Co-authored with Anna Zdrenyk. The International Journal of James Bond Studies 1:2, 1-24.

2017. “Island Metapoetics and Beyond: Introducing Island Poetics, Part II.” Co-authored with D. Graziadei, B. Hartmann, I. Kinane and B. Samson. Island Studies Journal 12:2, 253-266.

2017. “On Sensing Island Spaces and the Spatial Practice of Island-Making: Introducing Island Poetics, Part I.” Co-authored with D. Graziadei, B. Hartmann, I. Kinane and B. Samson. Island Studies Journal 12:2, 267-280.

2017. "Reading Across the Gutter: Tintin's Interrupted Railway Journeys." Dimensions of Iconicity. Ed. Matthias Bauer, Christina Ljungberg and Angelika Zirker. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 209-227. 

2017. “Island Spatialities.” The Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space. Ed. Robert T. Tally Jr. London: Routledge. 214-229.

2016. “Spectral Island Topographies: Negotiating Relations between East and West in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) and Skyfall (2012).” Topographies of Popular Culture. Ed. Markku Salmela and Maarit Piipponen. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 115-136. 

2016. Review of Mondes clos: les îles, ed. Daniel Barbu, Nicolas Meylan and Youri Volokine. Island Studies Journal 11:1, 332-34. 

2016. "Islands Erased by Snow and Ice: Approaching the Spatial Philosophy of Cold-Water Island Fictions." Island Studies Journal 11:1, 145-160. 

2016. “Islands as Shifting Territories: Evolution, Geology and the Island Poetics of Darwin, Wallace, Wells and Ghosh.” Insularity: Representations of Small Worlds. Ed. Kathrin Schödel und Kathrin Dautel. Würzburg: Königshausen and Neumann. 223-236.

2014. “Killing King Kong: The Camera at the Borders of the Tropical Island, 1767-1937.” Nordlit 31, 133-49.

2014. “Bliss and War on the Island: Undoing Myth and Negotiating History in Treasure Island and The Beach.” Navigating Cultural Spaces: Maritime Places. Ed. Anna-Margaretha Horatschek et al. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. 177-91.

2012. “‘How Shall We Find the Concord of this Discord?’ Music, Magic and Ideology in A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Variations 20, 77-91.

2010. “Gefangen in der Freiheit: Die Falle der utopischen Insel.” Zoon Politikon 8, 49-53.

 

Guest lectures, keynotes and invited talks

24 November 2017. "Ambivalent Modernities: The Poetics and Politics of the Train in Global Action Cinema." With Anna Zdrenyk. Keynote lecture at the conference Railway Discourse at the University of Turin (Italy).

26 April 2017. "Frozen Paradoxes: Narrating Climate Change in the Arctic." Guest lecture at the University of Tampere.

28 June 2016. "Ambiguous Archipelagoes: Literature, Island Studies and the Archipelagic Turn." Invited talk at the 2016 Conference of the Antarctic Archipelagoes Research Consortium in Falmouth (UK). 

9 April 2015. (Re)reading Islands: Utopia, Piracy, and the Poetics of Island Space. Guest lecture at the University of Tromsø (Norway).

8 April 2015. Bordering on Infinity: Islands, Trains, and the Geopoetics of Space. Guest lecture at the University of Tromsø (Norway).

7 April 2015. Multimedial Islands from Tahiti to Pitcairn: Visions of the Pacific, 1767-2015. Guest lecture at the University of Tromsø (Norway).

22 January 2015. "Theorising Island Poetics." With Daniel Graziadei. Talk at the symposium January Blues? Escape to a desert island! at the University of Essex.

5 August 2014. “Am Ende die Insel.” Podium at the Zurich Filmpodium, with Daniel Graziadei, Britta Hartmann and Michel Bodmer.

25 April 2012. “The Island as Crime Scene: Investigations of Murder and Self in Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.” Presentation in the interdisciplinary graduate seminar at the University of Tampere (Finland).

15 March 2012. “Exploding Eden: The Instability of Utopian Islands in World War II films.” Presentation in the interdisciplinary research group Kielen ja kirjallisuuden tilola (The spaces of language and literature) at the University of Tampere (Finland).

14 February 2012. “The Space of Islands.” Guest lecture in the MA option course “Literary Landscapes” (taught by Markku Salmela) at the English department of the University of Tampere (Finland).

 

Conference papers

“The Earth from Afar: The Politics and Poetics of the Blue Marble.” Paper at the conference “Planetary Cultural and Literary Studies” at the University of Montréal (Canada). 19 April 2018.

“Remediating the Arctic: The Case of James Balog.” Paper at the symposium “Mediating the Arctic” at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi (Finland). 16 March 2018.

1 December 2017. “Pacific Horizons: The Phenomenology and Memory of Oceanic Encounters.” With Ana Sobral. Paper at the conference "Oceanic Memories: Islands, Ecologies, Peoples" at the University of Christchurch (New Zealand).

1 December 2017. "“Islands of War, Islands of Memory: Revisiting the Pacific Theatre in the 1960s.” Paper at the conference "Oceanic Memories: Islands, Ecologies, Peoples" at the University of Christchurch (New Zealand).

21 August 2017. "Modernist Dickens: Railway Dreaming and the Imaginary City." Paper at the conference "(Im)possible Cities at the University of Tampere.

12 May 2017. “The Mere Worck of God Flottynge’: The Tempest, the Roanoke Voyages and the Uncertain Spaces of the New World.” Paper at the conference “Space, Place, and Image in Early Modern English Literature” at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland).

21 April 2017. “Trains, Interrupted: 1930s Crime Fiction, Transnational Trajectories and the Disintegration of Europe.” Paper at the conference “Mobilities, Literature, Culture” at Lancaster University (UK).

31 March 2017. “Between Progress and Nostalgia: Technology, Geopolitics and James Bond’s Railway Journeys.” With Anna Zdrenyk. Paper at the conference “Science in Culture: Technology, Mobility and Modernity in European Poetry and Cinema” at the University of St Andrews (UK).

2 December 2016. "Not So Silent Snow: Towards a Transnational Arctic Ecopoetics." Paper at the ENSCAN workshop "Nordic Narratives of the Environment" at Mid Sweden University (Sundsvall). 

25 November 2016. "Into the Railway Cutting: Geology, Deep Time and the Accidents of Modernity in Dickens's 'The Signal-Man'." Paper at the conference "Shifting Grounds: Literature, Culture and Spatial Phenomenologies" at the University of Zurich. 

21 November 2016. "Cinema, Geopolitics and Arctic Landscapes: The Cold Cold War in Orions Belte." Paper at the conference "Arctic Cinema" at the University of Trondheim (Norway). 

25 July 2016. "Beyond Island Conception: Questioning Islandness Through Fiction." Paper and co-organisation of an Island Poetics panel at the special section "Island Fictions and Metaphors" at the 21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association in Vienna (Austria). 

19 November 2015. "Geomorpholoy, Geocriticism, Geopoetics? Towards a Theory of Literary Sedimentation." Paper at the Conference "Humanities: Humanities and the Cartographic Turn" at the University of Extremadura (Spain). 

4 September 2015. " Writing Islands in the Anthropocene: Literature, Cultural Geography, and the De(con)struction of Islands." With Daniel Graziadei. Paper at the International Conference of the Royal Geographic Society at the University of Exeter (UK). 

27 June 2015. "Vertical Sediments, Horizontal Movements: Approaching the Spatial Philosophy of Cold-Water Island Fictions." Paper at the international RETI conference in Orkney (UK).

26 March 2015. "'En train d'écrire': Jacques Derrida, Michel Serres and Tintin's Interrupted Railway Journeys." Paper at the Tenth International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature at the University of Tübingen (Germany).

31 January 2015. "Islands as (Floating) Images: Theorising Island Poetics." Paper at the international Symposium Images of Identity at the University of Zurich.

24 September 2014. “Island Poetics: The Project.” With Daniel Graziadei and Britta Hartmann. Paper at the 13th international ISISA Islands of the World Conference at the University of Penghu (Taiwan).

24 September 2014. “Caught between Water and Land: The Politics and Poetics of Angel Island.” Paper at the 13th international ISISA Islands of the World conference at the University of Penghu (Taiwan).

6 June 2014. “Islands in Four Dimensions: Radical Theories of Space and the Ecological Island Poetics of Pacific Northwest Writing.” International conference “Between Spaces and Places: Landscapes of Liminality” at Trinity College Dublin.

29 November 2013. “Eye-Land on the Horizon: Eroding the Image and the Island Paradise in White Shadows of the South Seas (1928).” Paper at the international conference "Travelling Narratives: Modernity and the Spatial Imaginary” at the University of Zurich.

23 November 2013. “The Island as Territory: Darwin’s Legacy in Island Myths from H. G. Wells to Amitav Ghosh." Paper at the international conference "Insularity. Representations and Constructions of Small Worlds" at the University of Malta.

26 October 2013. “Spectral Island Topographies: Negotiating Relations between East and West in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) and Skyfall (2012).” Conference paper at the international conference "Topographies of Popular Culture” at the University of Tampere (Finland).

26 September 2013. “Navigation into Paradise: Cecil B. DeMille’s Male and Female, Ellis Island and the American Insular Imaginary.” Paper at the international ENCLS conference, "Islands and Continents: (Re)construtions of Identity" at the University of Madeira.

17 May 2013. "Flooded by History: Accumulating the Past on the Shores of the Island." Paper at the international Island Dynamics conference at Eastern Mediterrenean University (Cyprus).

6 September 2012. “Killing King Kong: The Camera at the Borders of the South Sea Island.” Paper at the international Border Aesthetics conference at the University of Tromsø (Norway).

10 September 2011. “Island Monsters and Uncanny Doubles: Tracing Darwin's Unsettling Legacy in Jurassic Park.” Paper at the conference Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil at Mansfield College (Oxford).

1 October 2010. “Bliss and War on the Island: Undoing Myth and Negotiating History in Treasure Island and The Beach.” Paper at the international symposium Navigating Cultural Spaces: Images of Coast and Sea at the University of Kiel.

 
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