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Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster

Biel, Steven

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ISBN 10: 039303965X / ISBN 13: 9780393039658
Published by W. W, Norton & Company, New York, London, 1996
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pp 300. Book has a very few tiny pale fox dots in one corner of ffep; else in fine condition. Cover has some creasing to base of spine 7 a crease on back flap, otherwise very good. '.Biel demonstrates that the Titanic was least of all an ocean liner: from the moment it sank, it became a vessel for Americans' most extreme notions about technology, theology, commerce. politics, gender, race, and class.shifts expertly the shifting interpretations of successive generations, for whom the only constant is a general insistence that disater must mean something. What you will find here is sometimes funny, often outlandish, and always fresh and challenging.' 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 1009094

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Title: Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History ...

Publisher: W. W, Norton & Company, New York, London

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus

Edition: First Edition

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Explores the way the Titanic disaster became an icon for a variety of groups--suffragists and their opponents, radicals, reformers, capitalists, critics of technology, racists and xenophobes--and shows how it remains a figure of everyday speech in the modern world. Tour.


The largest movable object ever constructed by man when it was launched, the supposedly unsinkable Titanic has inspired novels, songs, poetry, movies, and even a mysterious black stoker named Shine who never existed on the actual ship. Steven Biel traces all these avatars and explores the social and cultural myths that the disaster gave rise to--and destroyed. The recent attempts to raise the Titanic's wreckage have demonstrated that the myths have not lost their power.

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