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This Watery World

Humans and the Sea

Editor(s): Nandita Batra, Vartan P. Messier

Book Description

In this wonderfully wide-ranging volume, Vartan Messier and Nandita Batra have given us a fine collection of maritime riches. From reflections on the ocean as metaphor to shark documentaries and Jaws, from Hemingway’s organic ecology to Melville’s tropic-birds and the establishment of a Puerto Rican maritime preserve, This Watery World reminds us that—onshore and inland—we are all in the grip of our images and interactions with the sea. When I put this book down I was reminded of the Hyderabadi poet Sarojini Naidu: “The sea is our mother, the cloud is our brother, the waves are our comrades all.”
—Professor Ashton Nichols, editor of Romantic Natural Histories and author of The Poetics of Epiphany and The Revolutionary “I”


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8660-7
ISBN-10: 1-84718-660-2
Date of Publication: 01/08/2008
Pages / Size: 235 / A5
Price: £34.99


Born in Geneva (Switzerland), Vartan P. Messier has taught Literature, Film, French and English in Europe and the U.S. as well as in Central America and the Caribbean. He is now a Doctoral Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University at the University of California at Riverside. His research focuses on the critical discourses on modernity, modernism, and postmodernism in literature and the visual arts.
Nandita Batra was born in Bombay, receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s from the University of Delhi (India) and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (New York) She is now Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where she is also editor of Revista Atenea, the University’s journal of humanities and social sciences.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2071-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2071-7
Date of Publication: 01/06/2010
Pages / Size: 235 / A5
Price: £24.99