ENGL 231
Literature of the Sea Spring 2020 (also offered Fall 2019)
Division I
Cross-listed MAST 231 / ENGL 231

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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
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular papers, class participation, journal-writing, and a final paper
Extra Info: offered only at Mystic Seaport
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MAST 231 Division I ENGL 231 Division I
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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