The sea! the sea!


Here I am climbing “over the top” on the Joseph Conrad in Mystic in 2006.


My primary scholarly passion is for things blue, vast, and salty.

I’ve been calling this obsession blue cultural studies or the blue humanities since 2008.

Here are two of my favorites —

Lost at Sea:

The Ocean in the English Imagination, 1550 -1750

an exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library, June – September 2010

The Mariner’s MIrror (1588)


New York Times, August 19, 2010

Washington Post, 7/7/10

Roll Call 6/14/10

Express Night Out, 6/17/2010

Let’s Talk Live 6/22/10

Podcast of July 13, 2010 Lecture

Washington Times 8/6/2010


At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean


Amazon page

Google books


Times Literary Supplement 27 Nov. 2009

Times Higher Education 21 Jan 2010

Renaissance Quarterly (Summer 2010)