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Beaches are places that give and take, bringing unexpected surprises to society, and pulling essentials away from it. Through monsters, we confront our tiny time between catastrophes and develop a recognition of Otherness by which an ethical understanding of difference becomes possible. Learning to read the monster’s environmental signs often helps humans determine the scope of the monster’s place in the eco/cosmic timeline and defeat it—until the epic cycle inevitably repeats; monsters live and live and live. Even so; when humans identify and confront monsters we do so at the risk of exposing our own monstrosity. When a massive creature is pushed into human proximity by the ocean’s wide shoulders, the waves deposit and erode human assumptions about itself and its environment; words, sounds, breath, water, wind, flesh, blood, and bones wash in and out. Chance encounters reveal us to ourselves anew. When we look into the inky backs of whales, or deep into vortices, what do we see?

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iv-v
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  1. Introduction: Lines in the Sand
  2. Thea Tomaini
  3. pp. vi-ix
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  1. Ocean is the New East
  2. Alan S. Montroso
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Interlude I: Great Fishes and Monstrous Men (Shoreline)
  2. Megan E. Palmer
  3. pp. 9-17
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  1. On the Backs of Whales
  2. Haylie Swenson
  3. pp. 18-33
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  1. Interlude II: Great Fishes and Monstrous Men (Undertow)
  2. Megan E. Palmer
  3. pp. 34-37
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  1. Quickening Sands
  2. Erin Vander Wall
  3. pp. 38-42
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  1. Interlude III: Great Fishes and Monstrous Men (Tide Line)
  2. Megan E. Palmer
  3. pp. 43-44
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  1. Conclusion: Sink or Plunge?
  2. Asa Simon Mittman
  3. pp. 45-51
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 52-54
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  1. Image Credits
  2. p. 55
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  1. Author Bios
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781947447158
Related ISBN(s)
9781947447141
MARC Record
OCLC
1100525319
Pages
66
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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