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Shipwreck in French Renaissance Writing

Jennifer H. Oliver


In the sixteenth century, a period of proliferating transatlantic travel and exploration, and, latterly, religious civil wars in France, the ship is freighted with political and religious, as well as poetic, significance; symbolism that reaches its height when ships – both real and symbolic – are threatened with disaster. The Direful Spectacle argues that, in the French Renaissance, shipwreck functions not only as an emblem or motif within writing, but as a part, or the whole, of a narrative, in which the dynamics of spectatorship and of co-operation are of constant concern. The possibility of ... More

Keywords: Shipwreck, Renaissance, Early Modern, France, Metaphor, Wars of Religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198831709
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198831709.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer H. Oliver, author
St John's College, Oxford