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Palgrave Macmillan

American Sea Literature

Seascapes, Beach Narratives, and Underwater Explorations

ISBN 9781137465665
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

Implementing a never-before-seen approach to sea literature, American Sea Literature: Seascapes, Beach Narratives, and Underwater Explorations explores the role of American maritime activities and their cultural representations in literature. Differentiating between the 'terrestrial' and 'oceanic' as concepts, Shin Yamashiro divides sea literature into three categories: literature on the sea, by the sea, and beneath the sea. Discussing both canonical works and new books on scuba diving, deep-sea explorations, and surfing, this fascinating study recognizes sea literature's unique influence on American history.

Shin Yamashiro is Associate Professor of American Literature at the University of the Ryukyus, Japan. His academic interests include American literature, environmental discourse, and Okinawan environmental history.

Introduction: On the Sea, By the Sea, Beneath the Sea
1. American Sea Literature - on the Sea
2. American Sea Literature - by the Sea
3. American Sea Literature - beneath the Sea
Epilogue: Rooftop Water Tank


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