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Down with the Old Canoe A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster by Steven Biel

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


Down with the Old Canoe A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster by Steven Biel

Everyone from suffragists to their opponents; radicals, reformers, and capitalists; critics of technology and modern life; racists and xenophobes and champions of racial and ethnic equality; editorial writers and folk singers, preachers and poets found moral and cultural lessons in the sinking of the Titanic. In a new edition that both commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the disaster and elaborates, in a revised afterword, on the ship's continued impact on the public imagination (evidenced by the Titanic mania evoked by James Cameron's 1997 film), Steven Biel explores the Titanic in all its complexity and contradictions.


[An] invaluable cultural history of the disaster. -- Frank Rich

About the Author

Steven Biel is the executive director of the Mahindra Humanities Center and a senior lecturer on history and literature at Harvard University.

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Publication date

26th March 2012


Steven Biel

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WW Norton & Co


336 pages


Maritime history
Ships & boats: general interest



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