At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean

Having done some review work for Continuum, one of the books I asked for was Steve Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean. The book had been sitting on my desk for a few days before I took it with me on a train trip. It’s a very interesting read, taking a number of different plays to open up issues around the ocean and activities on or in it – fishing, swimming, drowning, and so on. It engages with some of the historical and geographical work on the sea – people like Chris Connolly and Phil Steinburg. It has a very helpful bibliographical essay at the end entitled ‘Reading the New Thassology’. You can read a sample chapter here. I then discovered Steve had been reading this blog for a while, when he commented on a post of mine on Coriolanus. Steve himself has an interesting blog here.

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3 Responses to At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean

  1. Steve Mentz says:

    Glad you enjoyed the book, Stuart. I found your blog via Jeffrey Cohen, I’m pretty sure, and I’ve been enjoying it. I’m intrigued by cultural geography, and enjoyed meeting Phil Steinberg at a maritime environmental history conference this past fall.

    I see you’ll be at NYU on Fri 2/24. I won’t be able to make your talk in the morning, since I’ll be teaching, but I might make it over for the later afternoon part of the day.

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