Study of the sea--both by way of human interplay with it and its literary representation--has been mostly neglected via ecocritics. In Shakespeare’s Ocean, Dan Brayton foregrounds the maritime measurement of a author whose performs and poems have had an immense effect on literary notions of nature and, in so doing, plots a brand new direction for ecocritical scholarship.

Shakespeare lived in the course of a time of significant growth of geographical wisdom. the realm during which he imagined his performs was once newly understood to be a sphere lined with water. In important readings of works starting from The Comedy of Errors to the valedictory The Tempest, Brayton demonstrates Shakespeare’s outstanding conceptual mastery of the early smooth maritime global and divulges a robust benthic mind's eye at work.

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