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Shipboard Literary Cultures

Reading, Writing, and Performing at Sea

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Focuses on how reading, writing, and performance feature on board ships

  • Examines dynamics between crew and passengers or between different classes as well as public and private space

  • Extends oceanic and maritime studies to understand the sea as a site of historical experience

Part of the book series: Maritime Literature and Culture (MILAC)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

About this book

The essays collected within this volume ask how literary practices are shaped by the experience of being at sea—and also how they forge that experience. Individual chapters explore the literary worlds of naval ships, whalers, commercial vessels, emigrant ships, and troop transports from the seventeenth to the twentieth-first century, revealing a rich history of shipboard reading, writing, and performing. Contributors are interested both in how literary activities adapt to the maritime world, and in how individual and collective shipboard experiences are structured through—and framed by—such activities. In this respect, the volume builds on scholarship that has explored reading as a spatially situated and embodied practice. As our contributors demonstrate, the shipboard environment and the ocean beyond it place the mind and body under peculiar forms of pressure, and these determine acts of reading—and of writing and performing—in specific ways.

Keywords

  • maritime literature
  • oceanic studies
  • crew and passengers
  • space at sea
  • ships' newspapers
  • diaries
  • performance at sea
  • life writing
  • Literature and Mobility

Reviews

“Investigating how the material and imagined ocean and the physical and social spaces of ships shape practices of reading, writing, and performing, this collection contributes richly to ocean history. The essays explore the delicious specificity of ships and seas, yet reveal patterns of literary culture forged by social hierarchy, economic difference, appreciation of skill, observation of marine life, hopes for the future, and the capriciousness of natural forces.” (Helen Rozwadowski, Professor of History, University of Connecticut, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

    Susann Liebich

  • University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

    Laurence Publicover

About the editors

Susann Liebich is Assistant Professor of Modern History at Heidelberg University, Germany. She is a co-author of The Transported Imagination (Cambria Press, 2018) and has published on the history of reading and on Australian and New Zealand periodicals in the interwar period. Her current research focuses on the sea in personal writing and popular print culture. 

Laurence Publicover is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol, UK. He is the author of Dramatic Geography (Oxford University Press, 2017) and of several articles on early modern literature, maritime culture, and their intersections. His current research focuses on the deep sea and seabed in literary and non-literary contexts. 


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Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-85339-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)