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Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.
Grading Basis: Graded
Includes important works from the major genres and historical periods since Beowulf. CA 1.
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|Session||Campus||Term||Class Number||Instruction Mode||Instructor||Section||Schedule||Location||Enrollment||Notes|
|1205 1427 SS2 20||SS2||Storrs||Summer 2020||1427||Online||Reynolds, John||20||No Room Required - Online||23/25||Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011
Literature of the Sea
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From the early stories of Jonah and The Odyssey to the contemporary novels of Patrick O'Brian?s Aubrey-Maturin series, the sea story has been one of the most enduring and popular genres in literature. What is it that makes for the sea story?s broad and lasting appeal? Why does the sea captivate so deeply the human heart and mind? Herman Melville suggests that ?meditation and water are wedded forever,? that ?there is magic in it.? Undoubtedly the sea provides a vast and formidable stage upon which the dramas of self-discovery and social conflict can be imagined. In this course, we will explore some of the major works in English and American drama, fiction, and poetry that focus on the human relationship to the sea and sea voyages; and, perhaps, through our investigation of these important authors and their works, we will come to understand more fully and clearly our human fascination with ?the watery part of the world? (Melville). We will consider Samuel Coleridge?s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Herman Melville?s, ?Benitio Cereno,? Jack London?s The Sea Wolf, Sara Orne Jewett?s The Country of Pointed Firs and Ernest Hemingway?s The Old Man and the Sea. Course work will include discussion, a weekly journal, quizzes and an analytical essay.