The Hungry Ocean:
Literary Culture and the Maritime Environment
A Conference at the John Carter Brown Library
April 21-23, 2011
Organizer: Steve Mentz, St. John's University
Recent trends in scholarship including "Atlantic History," "historicizing the ocean," and the "new thalassology" are renovating our understandings of maritime culture. This conference focuses on literary responses to the world ocean. Shakespeare's hungry ocean and Conrad's visionary sailors reflect efforts to capture the poetry and reality of the maritime environment. This conference will explore the multiple ways literary writers have imagined and made use of the largest thing on our planet.