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Maritime Fiction

Sailors and the Sea in British and American Novels, 1719–1917


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. John Peck
    Pages 1-9
  3. John Peck
    Pages 11-29
  4. John Peck
    Pages 30-49
  5. John Peck
    Pages 50-69
  6. John Peck
    Pages 70-88
  7. John Peck
    Pages 107-126
  8. John Peck
    Pages 127-148
  9. John Peck
    Pages 149-164
  10. John Peck
    Pages 165-185
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 186-214

About this book


In this important new study, John Peck examines the cultural significance of maritime novels from Defoe through to Conrad. Focusing in particular on the image of the body, he illustrates how these works are built around the disparity between the masculine and often brutal regime of the ship and the civilised values of those who remain on the shore. The first comprehensive discussion of its subject, Maritime Fiction is an original exploration of the relationship between national identity, fiction and the sea.


America Charles Dickens Cooper Defoe fiction Jane Austen novel Victorian era

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityUK

About the authors

John Peck is now retired and was formerly Reader in Victorian Literature at Cardiff University, UK. With Martin Coyle he edits the Key Concepts series for Palgrave Macmillan.

Bibliographic information


This well-written and comprehensive study will interest all students and scholars of British and American literature culture. Choice