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Published: 01 April 2021

296 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781800859654

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Sailor Talk

Labor, Utterance, and Meaning in the Works of Melville, Conrad, and London

Mary K. Bercaw Edwards

Liverpool University Press

Studies in Port and Maritime History LUP

  • Offers a refreshingly materialist dimension to the works of Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, and Jack London, all of whom labored as seafarers before they became writers
  • Rethinks the figure of the nineteenth-century sailor and sailor-writer
  • Considers the importance of orality and performativity in the works of Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, and Jack London
  • Represents a valuable addition to the growing scholarly and political interest in the sea and sea literature, especially with the urgency brought on by climate change, sea level rise, and the opening of the Northwest Passage
  • Investigates sailors as global workers who had to be multilingually adept in order to function effectively aboard technically and linguistically complex sailing vessels, within racially and ethnically diverse crews, and in interactions ashore with indigenous people, missionaries, and traders