By S. Yamashiro
Enforcing a never-before-seen method of sea literature, American Sea Literature: Seascapes, seashore Narratives, and Underwater Explorations explores the position of yank maritime actions and their cultural representations in literature. Differentiating among the 'terrestrial' and 'oceanic' as suggestions, Shin Yamashiro divides sea literature into 3 different types: literature at the sea, through the ocean, and underneath the ocean. Discussing either canonical works and new books on scuba diving, deep-sea explorations, and browsing, this attention-grabbing research acknowledges sea literature's targeted impression on American historical past.
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61 This is another moment where a multiple Slocum is split; a character Slocum as a skilled but lonely sailor in Sailing Alone is one thing, and the reality of Slocum’s life is another. In Sailing Alone, Slocum seems to hide deliberately the reason he decided to sail alone. Slocum’s actual letters that sent by him on the voyage reveal further. When he reached Westport, Nova Scotia, in the middle of May, he writes to the publisher, Roberts Brothers: Will you please give me some hint of how much the first of my experiences was disliked if the worst is known?
Under the decks, however, there are so full of “loathsomeness of the stench, and crying together” that Equiano had a hard time becoming able to eat. The description of the oceanic environment is very limited not only because Equiano had never seen the ocean before but because his oceanic experience is confined to the hostile interior of the slave ship. All the more for the deprived seascape forces us to imagine what the voyage experience was like for millions of slaves like him. I had never experienced anything of this kind before; and although, not being used to the water, I naturally feared that element the first time I saw it, yet nevertheless, could I have got over the nettings, I would have jumped over the side, but I could not; and, besides, the crew used to watch us very closely who were not chained down to the decks, lest we should leap into the water: and I have seen some of these poor African prisoners most severely cut for attempting to do so, and hourly whipped for not eating.
To deal with his solitude, for instance, he speaks to an imaginary person. ”54 In another scene, sailing the area where Columbus wrote in his book, Slocum imagines that one of Columbus’s crew in the Pinta comes to talk to him on board. Also there are several scenes in which he refers to his shipmate from Boston: that is, a family of spiders which happens to be on board since he left Boston. Accordingly, Slocum’s book gives us an impression of an adventurous and solitary, and yet enjoyable, voyage throughout the book, and it follows that his voyage in the book seems to be far from cruel difficulties and realities of hardship on the sea.
American Sea Literature: Seascapes, Beach Narratives, and Underwater Explorations by S. Yamashiro