4 Credit Hours
Shipwrecks, storms at sea, creatures from the deep, and voyages that test human limits in often wild seas--such are the tales that mariners or sailors have told of for centuries. Whether it's Homer's ODYSSEY or Sebastian Junger's THE PERFECT STORM, literature is replete with sea tales and stories written in a variety of genres, including nonfiction prose, fiction, and poetry. Our goal in this class will be to explore a variety of these sea stories, using possible texts such as Alfred Lansing's ENDURANCE, Edgar Allan Poe's THE TALE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM OF NANTUCKET, as well as short fiction by E.M. Forster, Stephen Crane, and Ernest Hemingway. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 121.