Sea Changes: Historicizing the Ocean / Edition 1

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Overview

The sea has been the site of radical changes in human lives and national histories. It has been an agent of colonial oppression but also of indigenous resistance, a site of loss, dispersal and enforced migration but also of new forms of solidarity and affective kinship. Sea Changes re-evaluates the view that history happens mainly on dry land and makes the case for a creative reinterpretation of the role of the sea: not merely as a passage from one country to the next, but a historical site deserving close study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415946513
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernhard Klein is Lecturer in Literature at the University of Essex. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Fictions of the Sea: Critical Perspectives on the Ocean in British Literature and Culture. Gesa Mackenthun is Professor in American Studies at Rostock University in Germany. In addition to numerous essays on the topics of nineteenth-century American literature, colonialism, and postcolonial studies, she is the author of Metaphors of Dispossession: American Beginnings and the Translation of Empire, 1492-1637.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Sea Is History 1
1 Deep Times, Deep Spaces: Civilizing the Sea 13
2 Costume Changes: Passing at Sea and on the Beach 37
3 The Global Economy and the Sulu Zone: Connections, Commodities, and Culture 55
4 Ahab's Boat: Non-European Seamen in Western Ships of Exploration and Commerce 75
5 Staying Afloat: Literary Shipboard Encounters from Columbus to Equiano 91
6 The Red Atlantic; or, "a terrible blast swept over the heaving sea" 111
7 Chartless Voyages and Protean Geographies: Nineteenth-Century American Fictions of the Black Atlantic 131
8 "At Sea - Coloured Passenger" 149
9 Slavery, Insurance, and Sacrifice in the Black Atlantic 167
10 Cast Away: The Uttermost Parts of the Earth 187
Select Bibliography 203
Contributors 209
Index 213
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