Searchable Sea Literature Tags and Mission

“Searchable Sea Literature” is currently developing a set of “tags” pertaining to the authors on this site, which is a reference resource devoted to North American writers on the ocean or the Great Lakes. These tags are intended for research and the building of syllabi: where it might be helpful to narrow these authors’ work into specific categories, such as a particular subject or region or genre.

We have chosen, however, not to use biographical tags based on sex, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation because of the fluidity of these terms and our inability to do this confidently for all of our authors, both today and historically. If, however, you would like to find authors that our individual scholars have identified as, for example, “Black”/“African American” and/or “Jewish”, please type the word you are looking for in the search bar to the upper right, which will lead you to an incomplete list of authors. We are in the process of accommodating some of this research with a few select keywords at the bottom of particular entries. See also “A Bibliography to the Study of Sea Literature” with selected essays on race, gender, indigeneity, and sexuality in sea literature, as well as other selected scholarly introductions to sub-themes within sea literature. 

Current Tags

Audio
Video

Future Tags

Period

Pre-16th Century
16th Century
17th Century
18th Century
19th Century
20th Century

Language Translations

French
Spanish

Genre

Children’s Writing
Fiction
First-person narrative
Nonfiction
Oral Tradition
Poetry
Plays

Region

Arctic
Atlantic Coast
Great Lakes
Gulf of Mexico
Pacific Coast
Pacific Islands

Subjects

Exploration
Fishing
Immigration
Navy/Coast Guard
Maritime History
Merchant Marine
Middle Passage and Enslavement
Recreation (Beaches, Cruise Ships, Small Boat Sailing)
Science/Nature
Whaling/Sealing

Acknowledgments

This revised reference philosophy for Searchable Sea Literature was developed by summer 2000 research assistants Marija Miklavčič (U. of Rochester) and Dominick Leskiw (Colby College), SSL editor Richard King, and with the generous and thoughtful consultation and ideas from Drea Finley, Emery Shriver, and Lisa Conathan, staff members at Williams College.

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