The Sea and the Mirror

Discipline: Special Topics in Literature
Instructor: Miller
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1425
End: 1540
Field Work: Day 1 - Thursday, 26 November | Trinidad and Tobago
Prerequisites: An introductory literature course. Download Syllabus

There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.  

The way of a ship in the midst of the sea has fascinated human beings from the very beginnings of literature to the present day.  Celebrating the elemental relationship of man and the natural world, the sea itself and voyages upon it have inspired poems, short stories, novels, and plays, often – as Hamlet said – “to show virtue her feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.”  The sea also functions as a metaphor for the great, universal themes of humanity.  From the darkness upon the face of the deep, to the spirit moving upon the face of the waters, to the way of a man with a maid, this course will study selected works ancient and modern, scientific and literary that enlighten our relationship to each other and to the sea around us.

Field Work

Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Day: 1 - Thursday, 26 November

Maritime Operations & Training, November 26, 2015, Port of Spain, Trinidad. This field lab will focus on the important role of Maritime Studies at the University of Trinidad & Tobago. UTT is well known worldwide for providing engineers and specialists in academic fields such as maritime law, social sciences, and environmental management. A campus tour will include a visit to the Navigation and Engine Room Simulators. This is where training exercises are conducted for cadets and professionals wishing to keep abreast of the latest practices in professional development.  This field lab will enhance an understanding of how our ship’s officers have trained for their professions. An on-campus lunch is included followed by a Q&A session and a tour of the harbor of Port of Spain. Academic objectives: 1. To learn about the role of maritime studies in training and certifying ships’ captains and crews 2. To learn about harbor operations – piloting, cargo handling, legal, and environmental issues 3. To learn about future issues facing the harbor of Port of Spain