Crossing on SS Normandie: Paris to New York Between the Wars
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The People Section of our website “Crossing the Atlantic on SS Normandie” focuses on a number of  social aspects of ocean liner travel. We explore the importance of travel literature through the lens of Roydon Freeman's Sea Travel: the Humorous Side and the Serious Side (1936) guidebook. We discuss the ocean liner as a potential vehicle for achieving gender equality and independence for women workers. The role of celebrities and the media in creating a buzz for Normandie is also explored as we discover the ocean liner as the unique space in which even the average person could encounter fame. We investigate the creation of the public spaces on Normandie – areas like dining rooms, decks and lounges – and their influence on social dynamics on board. We also examine not only the class dynamics between the passengers on the ship, but also the lives of the crew workers who tended to their every need and kept the ship running. Some of the more intellectual passengers on board, particularly writers and artists, contributed to shaping, often mythically, the life-changing experience of ocean travel. As an essential part of examining all the groups of people who made up the human component of Normandie, we uncover and explore the reasons that brought these people on board in the first place.


Essays

The Sea Travel Guide to Life Aboard a Luxury Liner
by Cristina Vignone

Women Workers and Gender Equality on the Ocean Liner
by Cristina Vignone

The Rich and Famous Creating a Buzz for Normandie

by Cristina Vignone

Creating the Public Spaces of Normandie
by Cristina Vignone


Hierarchichal Travelling
by Piyali Syam

The Motivations for Transatlantic Travel

by Piyali Syam

The Purgatory of Crew Life
by Piyali Syam


Intellectual Enlightenment at Sea
by Piyali Syam




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