Book Review-‘British Nautical Melodramas, 1820–1850’ edited by A. Schmidt

By Bill Jones, published October 2020


Spectacle and melodrama have always played a significant part in popular entertainment, and the sea offers an impressive range of opportunity for evoking strong reactions and emotions among spectators, readers and audiences from classical and biblical times, through Viking sagas to Shakespeare’s Tempest and on to contemporary disaster movies such as Krakatoa: East of Java (1969) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972). The eighteenth-century vogue for the sublime sent tourists in search of cliffs and raging seas, and artists’ depictions would invariably involve a wreck, or a ship hurtling to destruction in full view of helpless onlookers…

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music

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