Human beings have a multiplicity of bonds with the sea: “real” as well as representational. Acknowledging the validity of both aspects, this collection of essays attempts to provide an archaeology of the human-marine nexus. It draws together papers and images from those who have both material and metaphoric relations with the sea: activists, divers, marine biologists, environmentalists, artists, photographers and humanistic scholars. Examining a range of topics—from the use of marine metaphors in literature, film and the media, to the untold histories of the so-called history-less sea, to the portrayal of sharks in documentaries, and strategies for saving our damaged beaches and coral-reefs in the Caribbean—the essays in this volume constitute not the “grand narrative” of human-marine relations but the multiple subjectivities of localized, individual perspectives.
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