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SEI News: Margaret Cohen & SEI’s Killian Quigley launch their book ‘The Aesthetics of the Undersea’

SEI is excited to highlight the launch of The Aesthetics of the Undersea (Routledge, 2018) by Margaret Cohen, Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French Language, Literature, and Civilization at Stanford University, and Dr Killian Quigley, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Sydney Environment Institute, the University of Sydney.

The Aesthetics of the Undersea explores the sensory, material, and formal provocations of the underwater environment, and considers the consequences of such provocations for aesthetic and epistemological paradigms.

The book features a collection of multidisciplinary chapters situated in the environmental humanities, and the contributors include scholars of literature, art, new media, music and history. By drawing on case studies, which range from baroque and rococo fantasies to the gothic, surrealism, modernism, and contemporary installation art, The Aesthetics of the Undersea explores questions of ocean health and environmental imaginaries.

By juxtaposing early modern and Enlightenment contexts with matters of more recent – and indeed contemporary – importance, The Aesthetics of the Undersea establishes crucial relations among temporally remote entities, which will resonate across the environmental humanities” (Extract from abstract. To access, click here).

The Aesthetics of the Undersea is a part of the Routledge Environmental Humanities series. For more information, click here.