ENGL 231
Literature of the Sea Spring 2019 Division I; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as MAST231 / ENGL231 Also offered Fall 2018

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Taking advantage of our maritime museum, coastal setting, and three field seminars, we study canonical and lesser-known novelists, short-story writers, dramatists, and poets who set their works in the watery world, often in the exact places where we travel as a class. We read, for example–depending on fall or spring semester–Ernest Hemingway when sailing on the Straits of Florida, John Steinbeck when exploring Cannery Row on Monterey Bay, and Mark Twain on a steamboat on the Mississippi. We read Kate Chopin on the sands of the Gulf of Mexico, Rudyard Kipling out on Georges Bank, and Herman Melville’s masterpiece Moby-Dick aboard Mystic Seaport’s historic whaleship, the Charles W. Morgan, a vessel nearly identical to the vessel he climbed aboard at age twenty-one. In the classroom we examine these works through a mixture of lecture, small-group discussion, and writing. To further appreciation and analysis, this interdisciplinary course uses students’ emerging knowledge of maritime history and marine science.
The Class: Type: small group tutorials with weekly lectures, including coastal and near-shore field trips and ten days at sea
Requirements/Evaluation: regular papers, class participation, journal-writing, and a final paper
Extra Info: offered only at Mystic Seaport
Extra Info 2: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives; ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives;

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