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Postcolonial Sea Fiction: Salt Water and Marine Knowledges in Fred D’Aguiar, Dionne Brand, and Kiana Davenport
ABSTRACT In this article I will introduce the concept of “postcolonial sea fiction,” first outlining my initial concept of this subgenre of postcolonial literature. In the second part, I will discuss the way in which the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and their connected histories, cultures, and knowledges manifest in postcolonial literature, specifically in the exemplary novels Feeding the Ghosts by Fred D’Aguiar (1997), At the Full and Change of the Moon by Dionne Brand (1999), and Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport (1994). The discussion will focus on how oceans and salt water, how being on and in oceans, how merging with salt water and connecting with sea creatures are represented in the texts.
KEYWORDS postcolonial sea fiction, marine cultures, marine knowledges, Fred D’Aguiar, Dionne Brand, Kiana Davenport