It might seem strange to connect the word hope with the world's oceans. No honest person can deny that the oceans face multiple crises: overfishing, dying coral reefs, acidification, industrial and agricultural pollution, vast rafts of garbage. The oceans bear witness to humanity's worst tendencies. It is therefore a bold effort that seeks to find hope in this litany of despair.

In Hope at Sea Teresa Shewry seeks signs of hope in various literary works from around the Pacific region. This book has many attractions. For the nonspecialist Shewry provides a useful introduction to the environmental/cultural discourse of a region that is often forgotten. She provides a good overview of recent literature dealing with the environmental crises and the social and political crises that have evolved in the region and places this literature in the broader context of global capitalism and colonialism.

Shewry gives a close reading of a number...

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