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Translating Cuttlefish: Underwater Lifewritings

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114 - 127
Number of pages14
JournalBiography-An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
Issue number1
PublishedDec 2009

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In underwater life-writing, poetry, marine biology, and memoir meet like ocean currents. Both biography the subject is the sea-and autobiography-the subject is the writer-the genre's practitioners explore metaphor and metamorphosis in sea life and in themselves. In attempting to "translate" mysterious creatures like cuttlefish, writers draw on poetry and science to create rich and strange discourses that also "translate" humans into and out of an element of depth.

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