Gothic in the Oceanic South: Maritime, Marine and Aquatic Uncanny in Southern Waters

Craven, Allison, and Sandars, Diana (2023) Gothic in the Oceanic South: Maritime, Marine and Aquatic Uncanny in Southern Waters. Routledge, Abingdon, UK.

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This dynamic multidisciplinary collection of essays examines the uncanny, eerie, wondrous, and dreaded dimensions of oceans, seas, waterways, and watery forms of the oceanic South, a haunted global precinct stretching across the Pacific, Southern and Indian Oceans, and around Australasia, Oceania, Aotearoa New Zealand, and South Africa. Presenting work from leading scholars, the chapters contend with the contemporary fears and repressions associated with the return of environmental traumas, colonial traumas, and the spectres of the precolonial deep past that resurface in the present. The book examines the manifestations of these Gothic aesthetics and propensities across a range of watery spaces-seas, oceans, waterholes, and swamps-in vessels, ports, shorelines, journeys, strandings, and transformations, in amphibious bodies and the drowned, all of which promote haunted engagement with the materiality of water. This collection renews the interdisciplinary breadth of Gothic criticism and the relevance of Gothic affect and sensibility to understanding the histories and cultures of the oceanic South through an exploration of the rarely considered uncanniness of the oceans, waterways, and aqueous forms of the Southern Hemisphere, haunted by colonial and precolonial imaginings of the Antipodes, the legacies of imperialism, and the “double vision” between Oceanic and settler-colonial epistemologies, and the encroaching menace of climate change.comprising diverse contributions from screen, literary, and cultural studies, environmental humanities, human geography, and creative practice in ecological sound art, and poetry, the collection examines the uncanny and the sublime in watery fictions and authentic settings of a range of aqueous southern forms-ocean surfaces and depths, haunted shallows and reefs, moist mangroves, moss and lichen, the awesome horror of tidal apocalypse. This book will be illuminating reading for students and scholars of cultural studies, postcolonial studies, area studies, and Indigenous studies.

Item ID: 81518
Item Type: Book (Edited)
ISBN: 9781003829416
Keywords: Gothic, oceans, southern hemisphere, oceanic south
Copyright Information: © 2024 selection and editorial matter, Allison Craven and Diana Sandars; individual chapters, the contributors.
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2024 22:42
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360501 Cinema studies @ 50%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470507 Comparative and transnational literature @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130203 Literature @ 60%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130103 The creative arts @ 40%
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