The Ocean as ‘Splendor’ in James Prudenciado’s Made of Saltwater


When it comes to the ocean in literature, as it is generally used, multiple authors have utilized this body of water to discuss or imply powerful and sometimes incomprehensible messages and meanings that may often contain sublime implications. This paper aims to discuss the vast, inevitable terror and pleasure present in the sublimity of the ocean and how this perception of water is used as a literary device in James Prudenciado’s Made of Saltwater. While it remains close to Edmund Burke’s definition of sublime, the ocean, the sea, and those inhabiting the water themselves evoke powerful emotions that, at the same time, present greater meaning based on how it exists in the text. Rather than simply being sublime, it falls in line with Neferti Tadiar’s definition of the Remaindered Life, making the ocean’s sublimity an existence that leans away from the concept of disposability. Despite the astonishment and even horror present, Prudenciado’s poetry uses sublimity as one transformed; it becomes a 'life-time' outside the realm of waste and value, existing for personal satisfaction yet thoroughly vital despite its lack of contribution to progress. This paper presents the incomprehensible feelings of great magnitude from which no aim or goal is implied and how such things create in themselves a personal goal for the sake of Splendor, a term equated to the Remaindered Life.

Author Information
Erika Garbanzos, De La Salle University, Philippines

Paper Information
Conference: KAMC2023
Stream: Literature

This paper is part of the KAMC2023 Conference Proceedings (View)
Full Paper
View / Download the full paper in a new tab/window

To cite this article:
Garbanzos E. (2023) The Ocean as ‘Splendor’ in James Prudenciado’s Made of Saltwater ISSN: 2436-0503 – The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
To link to this article:

Comments & Feedback

Place a comment using your LinkedIn profile


Share on activity feed

Powered by WP LinkPress

Share this Research

Posted by James Alexander Gordon