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Maritime Mobilities in Anglophone Literature and Culture

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides an overview of the shifts in oceanic studies beyond area studies

  • Brings together maritime studies and mobilities studies

  • Aims to present a postcolonial and multispecies view of maritime studies

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

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

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Maritime Im/Mobilities

    • Alexandra Ganser, Charne Lavery
    Pages 1-17Open Access
  3. Shapes of Water

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 19-19
    2. Birds of the Plastic Pacific: Moving (the) Masses

      • Kylie Crane
      Pages 41-56Open Access
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 249-255

About this book

This open access edited collection explores various aspects of how oceanic im/ mobilities have been framed and articulated in the literary and cultural imagination. It covers the entanglements of maritime mobility and immobility as they are articulated and problematized in selected literature and cultural forms from the early modern period to the present. In particular, it brings cultural mobility studies into conversation with the maritime and oceanic humanities. The contributors examine the interface between the traditional Eurocentric imagination of the sea as romantic and metaphorical, and the materiality of the sea as a deathbed for racialized and illegalized humans as well as non-human populations


  • mobilities studies
  • maritime studies
  • oceanic humanities
  • postcolonial literature
  • maritime literature
  • overfishing
  • water conservation
  • Open Access


“In this book, editors Ganser and Lavery and an impressive roster of contributors bring bracing critical insight to the study of oceanic forms of capacious movement and brutal constraint. Attentive to the decolonial, ecological, aesthetic, and socio-political dimensions of both blue humanities and mobility studies, this volume brings particular urgency and freshness to terraqueous cultural study.” (Hester Blum, Penn State University, USA)

“By emphasizing the reciprocal nature of the relationship between mobility and the ‘deep blue,’ this collection does much more than show how the often-Eurocentric rhetoric of transoceanic exchange was mobilized as a metaphorical or material resource. Rather, it also demonstrates the crucial intersectionality of multiple discourses around race, gender, nationality, coloniality, economy, markets, accessibility, pollution, and extraction, while simultaneously opening up and exploring intellectually rich avenues of inquiry.” (Jens Klenner, Bowdoin College, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    Alexandra Ganser

  • Department of English, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

    Charne Lavery

About the editors

Alexandra Ganser is Professor of North American Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria, where she also heads the interdisciplinary Research Platform “Mobile Cultures and Societies.” 

Charne Lavery is Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria and Research Fellow on the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South project based at WISER, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.    

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)