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Keeping Watch: Othello

Steve Mentz

Steve Mentz is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, USA, where he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. He is author of Romance for Sale in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2006) and co-editor of Rogues and Early Modern English Culture (Michigan, 2004). His maritime research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Carter Brown Library, Mystic Seaport, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Maritime Museum in London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

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...The sea was born of the earth without the sweet union of love …It’s sea water that mads Othello. Salt is what he can’t understand. Surrounded by ocean on the venereal island of Cyprus, delivered from the sea-storm that sinks the Turks...

Fathoming: The Tempest and King Lear

Steve Mentz

Steve Mentz is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, USA, where he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. He is author of Romance for Sale in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2006) and co-editor of Rogues and Early Modern English Culture (Michigan, 2004). His maritime research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Carter Brown Library, Mystic Seaport, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Maritime Museum in London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

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...The ancestor speaks, it is the ocean … it says this race which is song, dew of song and the muffled perfume and the blue of the song, and its mouth is the song of all the mouths of foam …What does the sea in Ariel’s “sea-change” mean...

Toward a Blue Cultural Studies

Steve Mentz

Steve Mentz is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, USA, where he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. He is author of Romance for Sale in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2006) and co-editor of Rogues and Early Modern English Culture (Michigan, 2004). His maritime research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Carter Brown Library, Mystic Seaport, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Maritime Museum in London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

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...The true eye of the earth is water. This World is Not Our Home Look at the world through salty eyeballs, remembering that the fluid in our eyes tastes like the sea. Most of our world is water. Most of that water is salt...

Beachcombing: Twelfth Night

Steve Mentz

Steve Mentz is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, USA, where he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. He is author of Romance for Sale in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2006) and co-editor of Rogues and Early Modern English Culture (Michigan, 2004). His maritime research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Carter Brown Library, Mystic Seaport, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Maritime Museum in London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

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...We who are born of the ocean can never seek solace in rivers: their flowing runs on like our longing, reproves us our lack of endeavor and purpose, proves that our striving will founder on that.The ocean changes people. Literary depictions...

Swimming: The Comedy of Errors

Steve Mentz

Steve Mentz is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, USA, where he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. He is author of Romance for Sale in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2006) and co-editor of Rogues and Early Modern English Culture (Michigan, 2004). His maritime research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Carter Brown Library, Mystic Seaport, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Maritime Museum in London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

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...Pip saw the multitudinous, God-omnipresent, coral insects, that out of the firmament of waters heaved the colossal orbs. He saw God’s foot on the treadle of the loom, and spoke it; and therefore his shipmates called him mad. So man...

Fishing: Pericles

Steve Mentz

Steve Mentz is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, USA, where he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. He is author of Romance for Sale in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2006) and co-editor of Rogues and Early Modern English Culture (Michigan, 2004). His maritime research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Carter Brown Library, Mystic Seaport, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Maritime Museum in London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

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...Caliban and Moby-Dick are the two biggest fish in the sea. They sprawl across our literary culture like odd-shaped colossi, alluring, disturbing, and always just out of reach. Melville’s totemic whale, probably Anglophone literature’s most...

Drowning: Timon of Athens

Steve Mentz

Steve Mentz is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, USA, where he teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. He is author of Romance for Sale in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2006) and co-editor of Rogues and Early Modern English Culture (Michigan, 2004). His maritime research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the John Carter Brown Library, Mystic Seaport, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Maritime Museum in London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

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...He swam the seas before the continents broke water; he once swam over the site of the Tuleries, and Windsor Castle, and the Kremlin. In Noah’s flood he despised Noah’s Ark; and if ever the world is again to be flooded, like the Netherlands,...