“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.
Click on a tag below to see all our posts connected to the author’s biography and/or the content of their writing; for tags that have numerous posts, click “older/newer posts” at the bottom of the page to see more.
In-progress Tagging (Summer 2021)
Middle Passage and Enslavement
Passenger Travel (ferries, trans-oceanic passages for travel, etc.)
Piracy (including privateering, smuggling, etc.)
Recreation (Beaches, Cruise Ships, Small Boat Sailing)
This revised reference philosophy for Searchable Sea Literature was developed by summer 2020 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.