Coastal Works: Culture of the Atlantic Edge by Nicholas AllenCoastal Works: Culture of the Atlantic Edge by Nicholas Allen

Coastal Works: Culture of the Atlantic Edge

EditorNicholas Allen, Nick Groom, Jos Smith

Hardcover | August 5, 2017

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In all the complex cultural history of the islands of Britain and Ireland the idea of the coast as a significant representative space is critical. For many important artists coastal space has figured as a site from which to braid ideas of empire, nation, region, and archipelago. They have beendrawn to the coast as a zone of geographical uncertainty in which the self-definitions of the nation founder; they have been drawn to it as a peripheral space of vestigial wildness, of island retreats and experimental living; as a network of diverse localities richly endowed with distinctive formsof cultural heritage; and as a dynamically interconnected ecosystem, which is at the same time the historic site of significant developments in fieldwork and natural science. This collection situates these cultures of the Atlantic edge in a series of essays that create new contexts for coastal study in literary history and criticism. The contributors frame their research in response to emerging conversations in archipelagic criticism, the blue humanities, and islandstudies, the essays challenging the reader to reconsider ideas of margin, periphery and exchange. These twelve case studies establish the coast as a crucial location in the imaginative history of Britain, Ireland and the north Atlantic edge. Coastal Works will appeal to readers of literature andhistory with an interest in the sea, the environment, and the archipelago from the 18th century to the present. Accessible, innovative and provocative, Coastal Works establishes the important role that the coast plays in our cultural imaginary and suggests a range of methodologies to representrelationships between land, sea, and cultural work.
Nicholas Allen's work is located at the intersection between literature, history, and visual culture. His interests include the study of modernism, empire, and increasingly, writing about ocean and archipelago. He has taught previously at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National University of Ireland, Galway, wh...
Title:Coastal Works: Culture of the Atlantic EdgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0 inPublished:August 5, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198795157

ISBN - 13:9780198795155


Table of Contents

1. Nicholas Allen, Nick Groom, and Jos Smith.: Introduction2. Nick Groom: Draining the Irish Channel: Identity, Sustainability, and the Politics of Water3. Fiona Stafford: The Roar of the Solway4. Nicholas Allen: Ireland, Literature, and the Coastal Imaginary5. Andrew Gibson: 'At the Dying Atlantic's Edge': Norman Nicholson and the Cumbrian Coast6. John Brannigan: 'Felt Routes': Louis MacNeice and the North East Atlantic Archipelago7. Daniel Brayton: The Riddle of the Sands: Erskine Childers Between the Tides8. Damian Walford Davies: Ronald Lockley and the Archipelagic Imagination9. Nessa Cronin: Maude Delap's Domestic Science: Island Spaces and Gendered Fieldwork in Irish Natural History10. Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi and John Plunkett: Science at the Seaside: Pleasure Hunts in Victorian Devon11. Margaret Cohen: Seeing Through Water: The Paintings of Zarh Pritchard12. Andrew McNeillie: In the Labyrinth: Annotating Aran13. Jos Smith: Fugitive Allegiances: the Good Ship Archipelago and the Atlantic Edge14. John R. Gillis: Afterword