663: Hannah Hagmark-Cooper: To be a Sailor’s Wife

The duality of maritime family life, the relationship between reconstruction and discourse and the symbolic status of the seafarer’s wife are at the core of this book, which brings maritime women’s experiences to the fore, widening the perspective of maritime history. Based on the collected life stories of seafarers’ wives from the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea, Hanna Hagmark-Cooper draws attention to the cyclical nature of maritime family life and to the seafarers’ wives’ perception of leading two parallel lives: one when they are on their own and one with their husbands at home. The author considers how discourses change over time and colour narratives, and she investigates the women’s attitudes to the myths surrounding the image of the seafarer’s wife.

Hannah Hagmark-Cooper “To be a Sailor’s Wife”. Published by Cambridge Scholars in 2012. Bought by me for the Sea Library 💙

Photos by Anna Iltnere / Sea Library

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