The Beach in the Long Twentieth Century


Flotsam / Jetsam

This is a collection of inspiring input about the Beach from inside and outside of academia – what the tide brought in, so to speak.

HighWaterLine: HONOLULU

“The HighWaterLine is a community art project initiated by artist Eve Mosher that has been carried out in previous iterations in New York City, Miami and other cities. Using a chalk liner, participants walk the future shoreline forecast due to sea level rise. Mosher has invited coastal communities to create their own HighWaterLine walks. HighWaterLine: Honolulu is featured in the Inundation exhibition.”

Haunted Shores Network

The Haunted Shores Network brings together scholars and creatives from various disciplines, who are interested in the littoral Gothic. Marion Troxler is spending a semester abroad with an affiliated research project by Dr Emily Alder and Dr Giulia Champion, entitled “Scottish Shores”.

Orcas have sunk 3 boats in Europe and appear to be teaching others to do the same. But why?

Sasha Pare in LiveScience, 18.05.2023

If you’re planning to travel to far-flung destinations to find your version of paradise this holiday season, perhaps you will be interested to read about the origins of this kind of pursuit.

Appropriately interspersed with literary insight!

Bringing the beach to the stage! Interestingly, in the context of the opera “Sun & Sea”, this meant opening the stage to amateurs: “ordinary Brooklynites” were invited to populate the stage and create the feeling of “a real beach”. 

The New Yorker, 11.10.2021

The Case Against the Beach Read:

“Reading is not a beachy activity. Reading is for armchairs and bay windows and loverless beds. Bring a book to the beach and you’re agreeing to ruin the book”

The Atlantic, 10.08.2021

«Früh wird uns beigebracht, Strandferien seien die beste aller möglichen Ferienwelten. Dick eingecremt dösig in der Hitze braten, Bewegung wenn möglich vermeiden – das muss das ultimative Glück des Menschen im Jammertal Erde sein. Doch ist es das wirklich? Lebt diese Art des Ferienmachens nicht eigentlich von der Macht der Erwartung – und vielleicht mindestens so sehr von einer guten Erzählung?» (NZZ, 01.07.2020)