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The British Industrial Canal

Reading the Waterways from the Eighteenth Century to the Anthropocene

This book tracks the history of engineered water and canals in Great Britain.

Wherever a boat glides along a canal, a pen follows. Bringing together textual treasures from four centuries of waterways writing, The British Industrial Canal explores our relationship with engineered water and canal connections between our industrial and colonial pasts and the Anthropocene. This literary critical voyage travels from 1761, the opening of the Duke of Bridgewater’s canal, to the present.

264 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Intersections in Literature and Science

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Practical Arts of the Waterways
Chapter Three: Colonizing CanalLand
Chapter Four: Women, War, and the Waterways
Chapter Five: Waters of Life and Death
Chapter Six: The Basin, or Conclusion

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