Merpeople: A Human History (Hardcover)
People have been fascinated by merpeople and merfolk since ancient times. From the sirens of Homer’s Odyssey to Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and the film Splash, myths, stories, and legends of half-human, half-fish creatures abound. In modern times “mermaiding” has gained popularity among cosplayers throughout the world. In Merpeople: A Human History, Vaughn Scribner traces the long history of mermaids and mermen, taking in a wide variety of sources and using 117 striking images. From film to philosophy, church halls to coffee houses, ancient myth to modern science, Scribner shows that mermaids and tritons are—and always have been—everywhere.
About the Author
— Literary Review
— History Revealed
— Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
— Philip Hayward, University of Technology Sydney, and editor of "Scaled for Success: The Internationalisation of the Mermaid"
— Jennifer A. Kokai, Weber State University, and author of "Swim Pretty: Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature"
— Surekha Davies, research fellow, Utrecht University, author of "Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters"