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Of the Urban and the Ocean: Rachel Carson and the Disregard of Wet Volumes

Author: Charity Edwards

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This paper examines entanglements between the urban and the oceanic through the lens of Rachel Carson and her lesser-known ‘sea trilogy’: Under the Sea-Wind (1941), The Sea Around Us (1951), and The Edge of The Sea (1955). Although Carson’s famous publication Silent Spring (1962) is lauded in the modern environmental movement, her other writings exploring our complex relationship with the ocean have been largely disregarded. I argue for Carson as an important transdisciplinary theorist of scientific knowledge, social relations, and multi-species interdependencies; and address how the neglect of these more-than-human planetary processes mask fundamental relations between the urban, water, and spatial experience – and, ultimately, our conceptualisation of this world.

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Edwards, C., (2017) “Of the Urban and the Ocean: Rachel Carson and the Disregard of Wet Volumes”, field 7(1), 205–220. doi: https://doi.org/10.62471/field.85

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01 Nov 2017
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