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Comment: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 2013; 9.06 X 6.14 X 0.94 inches; Hardcover; As New in As New dust jacket; Text clean and tight; 216 Pages
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Dire Straits: The Perils of Writing the Early Modern English Coastline from Leland to Milton Hardcover – April 9, 2013

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Editorial Reviews


‘This volume is an ingenious and persuasive tour de force of interdisciplinary research. Highly recommended.’ (A.R. Vogeler Choice Magazine; vol 51:05:14)

Dire Straits is to be welcomed as an important counter-balance to influential histories of the rise of English patriotism and its figuration through geographic discourse… A book which has much to offer to geographers, historians and students of literature alike.’ (Robert Mayhew Journal of Historical Geography vol 30:01:2014)


“A major contribution to early modern literary studies, Dire Straits surfaces watery connections between familiar figures, including Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton, and less well-known ones, including William Bourne and John Cleveland. Elizabeth Jane Bellamy reveals the struggles of English poets to re-define cold and distant British coastlines against sun-drenched and classical Mediterranean shores. Readers interested in the fluvial shapes of English poetry, the influence of the classics, and the career paths of these writers will find much of value here.” (Steven Mentz, Department of English, St John’s University)

Dire Straits is a fresh, engaging, and important study. Its emphasis on coastlines is entirely new, and it is very well researched and effectively grounded in relevant criticism.” (Garrett Sullivan, Department of English, The Pennsylvania State University)

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