The Overseas Voyage in Early Modern English Writing

Bernhard Klein

in Renaissance Transformations

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638734
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651573 | DOI:
The Overseas Voyage in Early Modern English Writing

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This chapter studies another form of collective ‘making’, which is the way journals, logbooks, letters, and diaries are arranged as sea voyage narratives. It shows that accounts of the voyage helped shape the unpredictable and accidental nature of the route and the time spent on the water. The chapter identifies the number of genres that were involved in the process of creating sea voyage narratives. It then studies the resulting critical dispositions that are able to accommodate the contradictions, incoherencies, and unexpected alliances created by this type of writing.

Keywords: collective making; sea voyage narratives; voyage accounts; contradictions; incoherencies; alliances

Chapter.  6653 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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