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Johannes Riquet is the author of The Aesthetics of Island Space: Perception, Ideology, Geopoetics (OUP, 2019) and the co-editor of Spatial Modernities: Geography, Narrative, Imaginaries (Routledge, 2018) as well as Imaging Identity: Text, Mediality and Contemporary Visual Culture (Palgrave, 2019). He is currently working on a monograph on interrupted railway journeys in British and American literature and film. He is also the Principal Investigator of the collaborative research project Mediated Arctic Geographies (funded by the Academy of Finland, 2019-2023; http://www.mediatedarcticgeographies.com). In addition, he is the head of the research group “Spatial Studies and Environmental Humanities” at Tampere University and a founding member of the international research group “Island Poetics”. His research interests include representations of the Arctic, island narratives, railway journeys in literature and visual culture, theories of space and place, travel writing, cinema, literary and cultural geography, and phenomenology. 

Monographs and edited collections

2023 (forthcoming, accepted). Im/mobilities in the Planetary Now: Migration and Diaspora in World Cinema. Special issue of Transtext(e)s Transcultures 跨文本跨文化, co-edited with Heike Härting. 

2020. Islands and Ice. Special issue/thematic section of Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures. Ed. Johannes Riquet.  

2019. Imaging Identity: Text, Mediality and Contemporary Visual Culture. Ed. Johannes Riquet and Martin Heusser. London: Palgrave. 

2019. 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

2023 (forthcoming, under contract). "Hard Ice, Soft Snow? Transnationalism, Spectatorship, and the New Arctic Sublime in Chasing Ice (2012) and Silent Snow (2011). Ice (St)Ages: Communicating Science and Environmental Urgency through (Popular) Art and Aesthetics. Ed. Anne Hemkendreis and Anna-Sophie Jürgens. London: Palgrave. 

2022 (forthcoming, under contract). “Islands, Oceans, and the Production of Spatial Theory.” Space and Literature. Ed. Elizabeth Forrest Evans. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. 

2022 (forthcoming, under contract). “‘Upon the Crown o’th’Cliff’: Shakespeare’s Poetic Geomorphologies.” Shakespeare/Space. Ed. Isabel Karremann. London: Bloomsbury. 

2022 (in press). “Frozen Futures or Tropical Greenland? Climate Change Arctopias in Cold Earth (2009) and Allatta! 2040 (2015).” Nordic Utopias and Dystopias. Ed. Pia Maria Ahlbäck et al. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

2022 (in press). “Screening Railway Terrorists: Light Modernity, Invisible Threats, and the Aesthetics of Concealment in The 15:17 to Paris and Bodyguard.” The Figure of the Terrorist in Literature and Visual Culture. Ed. Maria Flood and Michael Frank. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP.

2021. “‘The delirium of the dérive’: Reflections on the Poetics and Politics of the Archipelago.” Postcolonial Studies.  

2021. Review of Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago: Imagining Islands, edited by Ysanne Holt, David Martin-Jones, and Owain Jones. Northern Scotland 12:1. 

2021. “(Re)storying Sea of Islands on Dry Land: Fāgogo and the Poetics of Oceanic Space in Albert Wendt’s Leaves of the Banyan Tree.” Co-authored with Ashalyna Noa. Pacific Insularity: Imaginary Geography of Insular Spaces in the Pacific. Ed. Michael Heitkemper Yates and Thomas Schwarz. Tokyo: Rikkyo University Press. 245-265. 

2021. “Cinema, Geopolitics, and Arctic Landscapes: The Cold Cold War in Orion’s Belt (1985).” Visual Representations of the Arctic: Imagining Shimmering Worlds in Culture, Literature and Politics. Ed. Markku Lehtimäki, Arja Rosenholm and Vlad Strukov. London: Routledge. 159-177. 

2021. “Spatial Ecologies of Not-Belonging: Dwelling as Drift in M. Wylie Blanchet’s The Curve of Time.” Co-authored with Sarah Krotz. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 00:0, 1-29. 

2020. “Islands and Ice: Rethinking Island Studies from the Polar Regions.” Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures 14:1, 1-8. 

2020. “Filming Bear Island: Arctic Island Narratives, Polar Exploration, and Poetic Geometry.” Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures 14:1, 47-66.  

2019. “Identity and Modern Visual Culture: Textual Perspectives.” Co-authored with Martin Heusser. Imaging Identity: Text, Mediality and Contemporary Visual Culture. Ed. Johannes Riquet and Martin Heusser. London: Palgrave. 1-31. 

2019 “Islands as (Floating) Images: Towards a Poetic Theory of Island Geography.” Imaging Identity: Text, Mediality and Contemporary Visual Culture. Ed. Johannes Riquet and Martin Heusser. London: Palgrave. 261-278. 

2018. “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, 5-26. 

2018. “Islands.” Travel Writing: 100 Keywords. Ed. Charles Forsdick, Zoe Kinsley and Kathryn Walchester. London: Anthem. 136-138. 

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. “Framing the Debate: Spatial Modernities, Travelling Narratives.” 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, 253266. 

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. “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 and Kathrin Dautel. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.  

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.  

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

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

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. 

Selected publications