Steve Mentz

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Steve Mentz
Professor of English

I teach English literature at St John's in New York City, with a focus on the blue humanities , Shakespeare, ecocriticism, and histories of changing media technologies. My current book publications include a short book, "Ocean," in Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series (2020); an open-source book, "Break Up the Anthropocene," in U Minnesota Press's Forerunners Series (2019); *Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719* (U Minnesota P, 2015); and a collection of essays, *Oceanic New York*, that respond to New York's urban waterways, Hurricane Sandy, and the place of art in times of crisis. I'm working now on the blue humanities and rising seas in the Anthropocene.


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Bloomsbury / Object Lessons | 2020/March
Break Up the Anthropocene
U Minnesota P / Forerunners | 2019/July
Routledge Handbook for Marine and Maritime Worlds, 1400-1800
Routledge | 2020
The Age of Thomas Nashe
Ashgate | 2014
Shipwreck Modernity
U Minnesota Press | 2015

Steve Mentz is reading

The Oyster War
Tree Story: A History of the World Written in Rings
The Chronology of Water