Down with the Old Canoe
A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster
“Brimming over with wit and insight. . . . Fresh and fascinating.”—Dan Rather
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.
- March 2012
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 336 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide
Endorsements & Reviews
“Biel's skepticism and detachment make him a perfect guide . . . through the Titanic's overlapping cultural meanings.” — Dwight Garner, Salon
“[An] invaluable cultural history of the disaster.” — Frank Rich, The New York Times
“An important book. The 'old canoe' may have gone down, but she refuses to remain submerged; Steven Biel has added greatly to her buoyancy.” — Beryl Bainbridge, Evening Standard [London]
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