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The beach in Anglophone literatures and cultures : reading littoral space

Author: Ursula Kluwick; Virginia Richter
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, England : Ashgate Publishing Limited ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Publishing Company, [2015]
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"Conceptualising the beach as a creative trope and as a socio-cultural site, this collection examines its multiplicity of meanings and functions as a natural environment engendering both desire and fear in the human imagination from the Victorian period to the present. The contributors examine literature, film and art, as well moments of encounter and environmental crisis, highlighting the beach as a social space  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ursula Kluwick; Virginia Richter
ISBN: 9781472457530 1472457536 1472457544 9781472457547 1472457552 9781472457554
OCLC Number: 899137885
Description: xi, 199 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : 'Twixt land and sea: approaches to littoral studies / Virginia Richter and Ursula Kluwick --
Visions of the beach in Victorian Britain / Christiana Payne --
Dover Beach and the politics and poetics of perspective / Katharina Rennhak --
"Gripping to a wet rock": coastal erosion and the land-sea divide as existentialist/ecocritical tropes in contemporary British and Irish fiction / Anne-Julia Zwierlein --
Shorelines: littoral landscapes in the poetry of Michael Longley and Robert Minhinnick / Neal Alexander --
John Burnside's seascapes / Julika Griem --
Caribbean beachcombers / Tobias Döring --
Literary inscriptions on the South African beach: ambiguous settings, ambivalent textualities / Meg Samuelson --
Food for sharks: abjection on the beach / Ursula Kluwick --
"Where things meet in the world between sea and land": human-whale encounters in littoral space / Virginia Richter --
Slow violence on the beach: documenting disappearance in there once was an island /Alexa Weik von Mossner.
Responsibility: edited by Ursula Kluwick and Virginia Richter, University of Bern Switzerland.

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"Conceptualising the beach as a creative trope and as a socio-cultural site, this collection examines its multiplicity of meanings and functions as a natural environment engendering both desire and fear in the human imagination from the Victorian period to the present. The contributors examine literature, film and art, as well moments of encounter and environmental crisis, highlighting the beach as a social space and vacationscape, as a geographical frontier between land and water, and as an historical site of contact and conflict"--

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