By S. Yamashiro
Enforcing a never-before-seen method of sea literature, American Sea Literature: Seascapes, seashore Narratives, and Underwater Explorations explores the function of yank maritime actions and their cultural representations in literature. Differentiating among the 'terrestrial' and 'oceanic' as innovations, Shin Yamashiro divides sea literature into 3 different types: literature at the sea, through the ocean, and underneath the ocean. Discussing either canonical works and new books on scuba diving, deep-sea explorations, and browsing, this interesting research acknowledges sea literature's specified impact on American heritage.
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51 Or when he slept, “he dreamed that [he] was alone . . ”52 His use of “solitude” or “loneliness” is especially recurrent when he was on South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and the Atlantic, where he has to spend a long time being alone. To deal with his solitude, for instance, he speaks to an imaginary person. ”54 In another scene, sailing the area where Columbus wrote in his book, Slocum imagines that one of Columbus’s crew in the Pinta comes to talk to him on board. Also there are several scenes in which he refers to his shipmate from Boston: that is, a family of spiders which happens to be on board since he left Boston.
All the more for the deprived seascape forces us to imagine what the voyage experience was like for millions of slaves like him. I had never experienced anything of this kind before; and although, not being used to the water, I naturally feared that element the first time I saw it, yet nevertheless, could I have got over the nettings, I would have jumped over the side, but I could not; and, besides, the crew used to watch us very closely who were not chained down to the decks, lest we should leap into the water: and I have seen some of these poor African prisoners most severely cut for attempting to do so, and hourly whipped for not eating.
As we can see in Sailing Alone, there were already such modern technological influences such as telegraph, steamboats, and photographs, the industrial developments had already occurred throughout the world. Slocum does not mention a growing discussion over race and minority issues, either. Build upon Slocum’s personal account of his voyage, without any political and imperialistic reason, Sailing Alone is an anachronism in the way that it is out of place in Slocum’s time when adventurous navigations were long gone.