Introduction: Islands of the Imagination

  • Sonja Boon
  • Lesley Butler
  • Daze Jefferies


This chapter situates islands as metaphorical spaces of the imagination and as epistemological openings. In particular, it argues that islands, islanders, and islandness offer unique perspectives through which to engage with theory making. Indeed, to live and think from an island is to think from a threshold space, a borderland between land and sea. More specifically, this chapter suggests that the water’s edge—that unsettled boundary between the solid and the liquid—is a potent site of theoretical possibility, potential, and dreaming.


Islands Islandness Theory Autoethnography Newfoundland Borderlands 


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  • Sonja Boon
    • 1
  • Lesley Butler
    • 1
  • Daze Jefferies
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt John’sCanada

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