"Framing the Ocean, 1700 to the Present by Tricia Cusack

By Tricia Cusack

sooner than the eighteenth century, the sea was once considered as a repulsive and chaotic deep. regardless of reinvention as a quarter of ask yourself and enjoyment, it persevered to be seen within the West and in other places as ?uninhabited?, empty house. This assortment, spanning the eighteenth century to the current, recasts the sea as ?social space?, with specific connection with visible representations. half I makes a speciality of mappings and crossings, displaying how the sea may possibly functionality as a liminal area among areas and cultures but in addition connects and imbricates them. half II considers ships as microcosmic societies, formed for instance by means of the aim of the voyage, the mores of shipboard lifestyles, and cross-cultural encounters. half III analyses narratives accreted to wrecks and rafts, what has sunk or floats perilously, and discusses makes an attempt to get well plastic flotsam. half IV plumbs ocean depths to contemplate how underwater creatures were depicted when it comes to emergent disciplines of typical historical past and museology, how mermaids were reimagined as a metaphor of feminist transformation, and the way the symbolism of coral is deployed by way of modern artists. This enticing and erudite quantity will curiosity quite a number students in humanities and social sciences, together with artwork and cultural historians, cultural geographers, and historians of empire, go back and forth, and tourism.

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