Presentation Title: Drowning: Lore and Legend and its Place in the Modern Day

Section: The Life Aquatic I

Location: , 104

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:35am - 9:50am


            For centuries, human beings have been both fascinated with and frightened by the sea. They have been enchanted with sea voyages and acutely aware of the dangers, creating superstitions and cults of protection from drowning. It boggles the human mind to reconcile the beauty and the whimsy cruelty of the ocean, so we pay homage to, and worship the waters. We learn how to coexist with this wild form of nature. Through a layered, multi-genre and multi-perspective approach, global superstitions are examined and brought to life through local lore and interviews with natives of a small sea-going New Jersey town. These interviews are tied to the author’s personal experience as a lifeguard. Woven together to create a fabric of the human relationship to the sea, these perspectives give the audience a more full picture of the hold that drowning has on the imagination.  

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: English & American Literature

Presentation Topic: Environment

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Carlson, Brigit Colby
Major(s): English and American Literatures with a Creative Writing focus
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Brayton, Daniel G.
Dept(s): English and American Literature

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