At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (Shakespeare Now!) by Steve Mentz

By Steve Mentz

We desire a poetic heritage of the sea, and Shakespeare may help us locate one. there is extra genuine salt within the performs than we would count on. Shakespeare's dramatic ocean spans the God-sea of the traditional international and the vast blue vistas that early glossy mariners navigated. all through his profession, from the outlet shipwrecks of The Comedy of blunders during the Tempest, Shakespeare's performs determine the sea as stunning actual fact and mind-twisting image of swap and instability. To fathom Shakespeare's ocean - to head all the way down to its backside - this book's chapters specialize in various things that people do with and in and close to the ocean: fathoming, preserving watch, swimming, beachcombing, fishing, and drowning. Mentz additionally units Shakespeare's sea-poetry opposed to glossy literary sea-scapes, together with the substantial Pacific of Moby-Dick, the rocky coast of Charles Olson's Maximus Poems, and the lyrical waters of the postcolonial Caribbean. Uncovering the depths of Shakespeare's maritime international, this e-book attracts out the centrality of the ocean in our literary culture.

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