Captain Ahab Had a Wife

Captain Ahab Had a Wife
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Publisher : UNC Press Books
Total Pages : 391
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ISBN-10 : 9781469616865
ISBN-13 : 1469616866
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Book Synopsis Captain Ahab Had a Wife by : Lisa Norling

Download or read book Captain Ahab Had a Wife written by Lisa Norling and published by UNC Press Books. This book was released on 2014-02-01 with total page 391 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the whaling industry in New England sent hundreds of ships and thousands of men to distant seas on voyages lasting up to five years. In Captain Ahab Had a Wife, Lisa Norling taps a rich vein of sources--including women's and men's letters and diaries, shipowners' records, Quaker meeting minutes and other church records, newspapers and magazines, censuses, and city directories--to reconstruct the lives of the "Cape Horn widows" left behind onshore. Norling begins with the emergence of colonial whalefishery on the island of Nantucket and then follows the industry to mainland New Bedford in the nineteenth century, tracking the parallel shift from a patriarchal world to a more ambiguous Victorian culture of domesticity. Through the sea-wives' compelling and often poignant stories, Norling exposes the painful discrepancies between gender ideals and the reality of maritime life and documents the power of gender to shape both economic development and individual experience.


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