Johannes Riquet

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University of Zurich
English Department
Lic. phil.
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Johannes Riquet is a lecturer and doctoral candidate at the English Department of the University of Zurich. He is also the co-ordinator of the Doctoral Program in English and American Literary Studies. He graduated from the University of Zurich in English, Film Studies and Geography in April 2009. He is currently working on a dissertation on island fictions in British and American culture supervised by Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen. Johannes Riquet is also affiliated with the research group Spaces of Language and Literature at the University of Tampere, Finland, where he spent a semester as a visiting researcher in spring 2012.

English, German, French, Finnish, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, Kalaallisut
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English literature, film studies

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Island narratives, utopia, literary and cultural theory, representations of magic, rhetoric, Shakespeare, cinema


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.

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).

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

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).

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

17 May 2013. "Windows to History: Accumulating the Past on the Shores of the Island." Paper at the international Island Dynamics Conference at Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagust (Cyprus).



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

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

2013 (forthcoming) “Bliss and War on the Island: Undoing Myth and Negotiating History in Treasure Island and The Beach.” Navigating Cultural Spaces: Images of Coast and Sea. Conference Proceedings. Amsterdam: Rodopi.