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Framing the ocean, 1700 to the present : envisaging the sea as social space / edited by Tricia Cusack.

Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate Publishing, [2014]
Physical Description:
xviii, 265 pages, 16 numbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Reference Library
NX650.S4 F73 2014 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
"This collection, spanning the eighteenth century to the present, recasts the ocean as 'social space', with particular reference to visual representations. Part 1 focuses on mappings and crossings, showing how the ocean may function as a liminal space between places and cultures but also connects and imbricates them. Part 2 considers ships as microsmic societies, shaped for examples by the purpose of the voyage, the mores of shipboard life, and cross-cultural encounters. Part 3 analyses narratives accreted to wrecks and rafts, what has sunkor floats perilously, and discusses attempts to recuperate plastic flotsam. Part 4 plumbs ocean depths to consider how underwater creatures have been depicted in relation to emergent disciplines of natural history and museology, how mermaids have been reimagines as a metaphor of feminist transformation, and how the symbolism of coral is deployed by contemporary artists."
Subject Terms:
Arts, Modern -- Themes, motives.
Human ecology.
Ocean and civilization.
Sea in art.
Social ecology.
Cusack, Tricia, editor of compilation.

  • Introduction: Framing the ocean, 1700 to the present: envisaging the sea as social space / Tricia Cusack
  • Part I: Exploring the ocean : colonial crossings
  • From Mare Tenebrorum to Atlantic Ocean: a cartographical biography (1470-1900) / Carla Lois
  • The Old World anew: the Atlantic as the liminal site of expectations / Emily Burns
  • Second encounters in the South Seas: revisiting the shores of Cook and Bougainville in the art of Gauguin, La Farge and Barnfield / Elizabeth C. Childs
  • Part II: Ships as microcosms of society
  • The artist travels: Augustus Earle at sea / Sarah Thomas
  • Sailors on horseback: the representation of seamen and social space in eighteenth-century British visual culture / Geoff Quilley
  • The "other" ships: dhows and the colonial imagination in the Indian Ocean / Erik Gilbert
  • Representation, commerce, and consumption: the cruise industry and the ocean / Adam Weaver
  • Part III: Narratives of shipwrecks, rafts, and jetsam
  • Shipwrecks, mutineers and cannibals: maritime mythology and the political unconscious in eighteenth-century Britain / Carl Thompson
  • The sea as repository: Tacita Dean's Teignmouth Electron, 1999 and Sean Lynch's DeLorean Progress Report, 2010 / Kirstie North
  • Reconstructing the raft: semiotics and memory in the art of the shipwreck and the raft / Yvonne Scott
  • Plastic as shadow: the toxicity of objects in the anthropocene / Pam Longobardi
  • Part IV: Natural and unnatural histories : oceanic imaginings
  • A "dreadful apparatus": John Singleton Copley's Watson and the Shark and the cultures of natural history / Emily Ballew Neff
  • Mermaids and metaphors: Dorothea Tanning's surrealist ocean / Victoria Carruthers and Catriona McAra
  • "Something rich and strange": coaral in contemporary art / Marion Endt-Jones
  • "No fancy so wild": slippery gender models in the Coral Gallery / Pandora Syperek.