The luminous sea

Barbeau, Mabel Melissa (2018) The luminous sea. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The Luminous Sea is a novel in the fictional Newfoundland outport of Molasses Bay. While the novel owes a debt to the magic realist tradition, it falls into the literary genre of new weird. A team of researchers are studying the emergence of phosphorescent tides and in the process of sampling marine life populations Vivienne, a young research assistant, hooks up a creature unknown to science: a kind of fish, both sentient and distinctly female. Vivienne’s supervisors, Colleen and Isaiah, recognize the importance of the discovery and intend to exploit it to their fullest benefit. They begin invasive scientific testing on the specimen even as they make preparations to transport the animal to St. John’s. Meanwhile, the creature is wasting away, and Vivienne is increasingly disturbed by the events around her. Colleen and Isaiah are willing to do anything to keep their discovery a secret and Vivienne is forced to decide if she will endanger herself to save her fish.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 13178
Keywords: Newfoundland literature, Magic realism, Mermaid, Scientific study, Sexual Assault, Outport
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > English Language and Literature
Date: May 2018
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Speculative fiction; Canadian fiction; Newfoundland and Labrador -- Fiction

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