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Shipwreck Modernity: "Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719"

Steve Mentz


Shipwreck sinks human ambitions into the global ocean. In the wet chaos of disaster, sailors and writers seek temporary stability amid dynamic change. The vast archive of early modern representations of maritime disaster use this classical topos to model the felt experience of radical cultural change during an era of transoceanic expansion. As English sailors put girdles round about the globe, they encountered and caused ecological disasters. The ancient masterplot of shipwreck provided them with a literary language for their dislocation and uncertainty. The global ecology these representation ... More

Keywords: ecocriticism, blue humanities, Renaissance literature, Shipwreck, Environmental literature, Early Modern Poetry, Shakespeare, Bermuda, Robinson Crusoe, Renaissance poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816691036
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816691036.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Mentz, author
St. John's University