Maritime Fiction: Sailors and the Sea in British and by J. Peck

By J. Peck

During this vital new research, John Peck examines the cultural value of maritime novels from Defoe to Conrad. Focusing specifically at the photograph of the physique, he illustrates how those works are equipped round the disparity among the masculine and infrequently brutal regime of the send and the civilized values of these who stay at the shore. the 1st finished dialogue of its topic, Maritime Fiction is an unique exploration of the connection among nationwide identification, fiction, and the ocean.

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Discovering the French squadron anchored near the Rosetta mouth of the Nile, Nelson attacked at once. ’10 While Nelson’s victory at the Nile was inspiring, his victory at Trafalgar was decisive. Nelson’s destruction of the main FrancoSpanish fleet enabled Britain for the rest of the Napoleonic War to dominate the Channel, the enemy-held Atlantic ports and the Mediterranean. The manner of the victory was also impressive, Nelson leading an almost foolhardy attack in two columns on the fleet of the French admiral, Villeneuve; it was a tactic that exposed the leading British ships to heavy bombardment before they could make any effective reply.

Of Rears and Vices, I saw enough. ’ (p. 51) This might or might not be an astonishingly dirty joke about homosexuality in the navy. If it is, it muddies any sense of the navy as the transparent embodiment of manliness and manly conduct; many in the navy, where heavy drinking and irregular sexual behaviour are established facts of life, clearly do not share the views about controlling bodily appetites and desires that are central in the domestic culture. Even if Mary’s pun is totally innocent, it is still alarming, for by playing with the meaning of words it plays with the idea of a shared language and shared values.

164) – to establish a genuinely disturbing impression. This lack of respect for the body, which is the most notable feature of Roderick Random, can also be said to be the most distinctive feature of maritime fiction in general. A life at sea, up until some point in the nineteenth century, is a series of affronts to the body. This starts with the activities of the press gang, the extraordinary fact that a body can be snatched and forced into naval service. Discipline on a ship is maintained through physical punishments; flogging is a routine matter, with an escalating series of increasingly cruel punishments, the most extreme of which is flogging through the fleet.

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