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Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge

Nicholas Allen, Nick Groom, and Jos Smith


In all the complex cultural history of the islands of Britain and Ireland, the idea of the coast as a significant representative space is critical. For many artists, coastal space has figured as a site from which to braid ideas of empire, nation, region, and archipelago. They have been drawn to the coast as a zone of geographical uncertainty in which the self-definitions of the nation founder; a peripheral space of vestigial wildness, of island retreats and experimental living; a network of diverse localities richly endowed with distinctive forms of cultural heritage; and a dynamically interco ... More

Keywords: archipelagic criticism, archipelago, blue humanities, Island Studies, coast, coastal heritage, literary geography, place, environmental humanities, regional modernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795155
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Allen, editor
University of Georgia

Nick Groom, editor
University of Exeter

Jos Smith, editor
University of Exeter