Maritime Fiction: Sailors and the Sea in British and American Novels, 1719-1917

Maritime Fiction: Sailors and the Sea in British and American Novels, 1719-1917

by John Peck
     
 

In this important new study, John Peck examines the cultural significance of maritime novels from Defoe to Conrad. Focusing in particular on the image of the body, he illustrates how these works are built around the disparity between the masculine and often brutal regime of the ship and the civilized values of those who remain on the shore. The first comprehensive

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In this important new study, John Peck examines the cultural significance of maritime novels from Defoe to Conrad. Focusing in particular on the image of the body, he illustrates how these works are built around the disparity between the masculine and often brutal regime of the ship and the civilized values of those who remain on the shore. The first comprehensive discussion of its subject, Maritime Fiction is an original exploration of the relationship between national identity, fiction, and the sea.

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This well-written and comprehensive study will interest all students and scholars of British and American literature culture. Choice

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This well-written and comprehensive study will interest all students and scholars of British and American literature culture.
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Peck (English, Cardiff U.) explores the relationship between fiction, the sea, and national identity in British and American novels from the publication of the first British novel--Defoe's Robinson Crusoe--to Conrad's novels written when the maritime economy was disintegrating. His analysis covers the works of major writers such as Cooper, Austen, Melville, Dickens, and Stevenson as well as lesser- known authors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333793572
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
05/18/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.79(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

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