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Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment

Tracking the Literature of Tropical Weather

Typhoons, Hurricanes, and Cyclones

Editors: Collett, Anne, McDougall, Russell, Thomas, Susan (Eds.)

  • Approaches tropical weather through an international array of contributors based in Japan, Australia, USA, Canada, and the UK
  • Offers a wealth of source material including plays, novels, oral stories, travelogue, poetry, and some visual story texts
  • Discusses the topic of natural disaster both in a metaphorical and physical sense.
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About this book

This book tracks across history and cultures the ways in which writers have imagined cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons, collectively understood as “tropical weather.” Historically, literature has drawn upon the natural world for its store of symbolic language and technical device, making use of violent storms in the form of plot, drama, trope, and image in order to highlight their relationship to the political, social, and psychological realms of human affairs. Charting this relationship through writers such as Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Gisèle Pineau, and other writers from places like Australia, Japan, Mauritius, the Caribbean, and the Philippines, this ground-breaking collection of essays illuminates the specificities of the ways local, national, and regional communities have made sense and even relied upon the literary to endure the devastation caused by deadly tropical weather.



About the authors

Anne Collett is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Russell McDougall is Professor of English at the University of New England, Australia.

Sue Thomas is Professor of English at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.


Reviews

“A landmark compilation elegantly articulating what literature holds about the often devastating—yet rarely adequately reported—impacts of tropical weather extremes on the human condition.” (Patrick D. Nunn, Professor of Geography, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia)

“This engaging collection of essays on Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Caribbean storm-texts reveals how writing about and in response to tropical storms provides insight into cultures of survival and salvage. Unfolding a distinctive discourse of ‘tropicality’, the authors show how storms and literary culture spin themselves into each other.” (Steve Mentz, Professor of English, St. John's University, New York City, USA)

“While tropical storms are often associated with the inevitability of natural disasters, the contributors to this comparative, transnational volume convincingly demonstrate the ways in which they are complex social and climatological events. Here, the turbulence of the tropics is a source of knowledge production, memory, aesthetics, empire, risk, vulnerability, representation, and an illuminator, as well as a catalyst for social relations. This is a welcome ‘counter wind’ to prevailing representations of the tropics and will certainly transform our understanding of how disastrous events are both historical and representational.” (Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Associate Professor of English, UCLA Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, USA)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Tracking the Literature of Tropical Weather

    Collett, Anne (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • Tropical Cyclones in Mauritian Literature

    Ravi, Srilata

    Pages 25-44

  • Pacific Revolt: The Typhoon, Japan and American Imperialism in Melville’s Moby Dick

    Morrell, Sascha

    Pages 45-65

  • Tropical Modernism in Joseph Conrad’s Sea Tales

    Schmidt, Arnold Anthony

    Pages 67-87

  • Through the Eye of Surplus Accumulation: Joseph Conrad’s The Nigger of the “Narcissus” and Typhoon

    Mishra, Sudesh

    Pages 89-107

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41516-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £80.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41515-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tracking the Literature of Tropical Weather
Book Subtitle
Typhoons, Hurricanes, and Cyclones
Editors
  • Anne Collett
  • Russell McDougall
  • Susan Thomas
Series Title
Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41516-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41516-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41515-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 300
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 illustrations in colour
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