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Week 12. Voyages Gone Wrong: Shipwreck and Captivity

Core Readings

Peter Linebaugh and Markus Rediker, The Many Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic (Boston: Beacon Press, 2000), Ch. 1: 'The Wreck of the Sea-Venture', pp. 8-35. Link.

Judith E. Tucker, 'She Would Rather Perish: Piracy and Gendered Violence in the Mediterranean', Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 10.3 (2014), pp. 8-39. Link.

Primary sources

Read at least one of the shipwreck and/or captivity accounts included in the following (see Further Reading): Adams, The Narrative; Baepler, White Slaves, African Masters; Bekkaoui, White Women Captives; Boxer, Tragic History; Staden, Hans Staden's True History; Thompson, Romantic Era Shipwreck Narratives (free download); Vitkus, Piracy, Slavery, and Redemption.

Further Reading

Adams, Charles Hansford (ed.), The Narrative of Robert Adams, A Barbary Captive: A Critical Edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005). Link.

Baepler, Paul, White Slaves, African Masters: an Anthology of American Barbary Captivity Narratives (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999). Library hard copies.

Bekkaoui, Khalid (ed.), White Women Captives in North Africa: Narratives of Enslavement, 1735-1830 (Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010). Link.

Boxer, C.R. (ed.), The Tragic History of the Sea, 1589-1622: Narratives of the Shipwrecks of the Portuguese East Indiamen São Thomé (1589), Santo Alberto (1593), São João Baptista (1622) and the Journeys of the Survivors in South East Africa (Cambridge: The Hakluyt Society, 1959). Link.

Colley, Linda, Captives: Britain, Empire and the World, 1600-1850 (London: Jonathan Cape, 2002).

Colley, Linda, The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: a Woman in World History (London: Harper Perennial, 2008).

Guy, Richard, 'Calamitous Voyages: The Social Space of Shipwreck and Mutiny Narratives in the Dutch East India Company', Itinerario 39.1 (2015), pp. 117-140. Link.

Igler, David, 'Captive-Taking and Conventions of Encounters on the Northwest Coast, 1789-1810', Southern California Quarterly 91.1 (2009), pp. 3-25. Link.

Klarer, Mario (ed.), Piracy and Captivity in the Mediterranean: 1550-1810 (London: Routledge, 2018). Link.

Lincoln, Margarette, 'Mutinous Behavior on Voyages to the South Seas and Its Impact on Eighteenth-Century Civil Society', Eighteenth-Century Life 31.1 (2007), pp. 62-80. Link.

Lincoln, Margarette, 'Shipwreck Narratives of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century: Indicators of Culture and Identity', British Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies 20.2 (1997), pp. 155-172. Link.

Lydon, Jane, 'Visions of Disaster in the Unlucky Voyage of the Ship Batavia, 1647', Itinerario 42.3 (2018), pp. 351-374. Link.

Matar, Nabil, British Captives from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, 1563-1760 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014). Link.

Matar, Nabil, Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578–1727 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009), Ch. I: 'Popular Sources: Accounts of Muslim Captivity in Christendom', pp. 29-71. Link.

Mentz, Steve, '‘We Split!’ Shipwreck in Early Modern European History and Culture', in: Claire Jowitt, Craig Lambert, and Steve Mentz (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds 1400-1800 (London: Routledge, 2020), pp. 580-597. Link.

Morrison, James V., Shipwrecked: Disaster and Transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the Modern World (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014). Link.

Staden, Hans, Neil L. Whitehead, Michael Harbsmeier, and Jo Ellen Fair (eds.), Hans Staden's True History: An Account of Cannibal Captivity in Brazil (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2008). Link.

Thompson, Carl (ed.), Romantic Era Shipwreck Narratives (Nottingham: Trent Editions, 2007). Free e-book download.

Thompson, Carl (ed.), Shipwreck in Art and Literature: Images and Interpretations from Antiquity to the Present Day (New York and London: Routledge, 2013).

Titlestad, Michael,'‘Dead to the World, and Almost to Ourselves’: William Mackay's Narrative of the Shipwreck of the Juno (1798)', South African Historical Journal 61.4 (2009), pp. 788-801. Link.

Vitkus, Daniel (ed.), Piracy, Slavery, and Redemption: Barbary Captivity Narratives from Early Modern England (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001). Library hard copies.

Captivity Narratives. Oxford Bibliographies. By Kendall Johnson.

Captivity in North America. Oxford Bibliographies. By Evan Haefeli.