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Study of the sea--both in terms of human interaction with it and its literary representation--has been largely ignored by ecocritics. In Shakespeare’s Ocean, Dan Brayton foregrounds the maritime dimension of a writer whose plays and poems have had an enormous impact on literary notions of nature and, in so doing, plots a new course for ecocritical scholarship.


Shakespeare lived during a time of great expansion of geographical knowledge. The world in which he imagined his plays was newly understood to be a sphere covered with water. In vital readings of works ranging from The Comedy of Errors to the valedictory The Tempest, Brayton demonstrates Shakespeare’s remarkable conceptual mastery of the early modern maritime world and reveals a powerful benthic imagination at work.

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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Shakespeare and the Global Ocean
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. Backs to the Sea? The Terrestrial Bias
  2. pp. 15-42
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  1. 2. Consider the Crab
  2. pp. 43-61
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  1. 3. Shakespeare’s Benthic Imagination
  2. pp. 62-85
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  1. 4. Tidal Bodies
  2. pp. 86-106
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  1. 5. Royal Fish: Shakespeare’s Princely Whales
  2. pp. 107-135
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  1. 6. Shakespeare among the Fishmongers
  2. pp. 136-165
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  1. 7. Prospero’s Maps
  2. pp. 166-195
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  1. Coda. Toward a Terraqueous Ecocriticism
  2. pp. 196-202
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 203-226
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 227-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-258
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  1. Further Reading
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813932279
Related ISBN(s)
9780813932262
MARC Record
OCLC
793806503
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
No

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