The Sea and the Mirror

Discipline: English UVA
Instructor: Miller
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1415
End: 1530
Field Work: Day 1 | South Africa
Prerequisites: introductory literature course Download Syllabus

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, this image has inspired poems, short stories, novels, and plays, in order 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: South Africa
Day: 1

Major ports have their own unique cultures – as international destinations and points of departure they exhibit extraordinary diversity of people and widely varying geography. Since the young Prince Alfred tipped the first load of rubble for the building of the Alfred Basin in 1860, the Port of Cape Town has developed into one of Southern Africa’s most important links in foreign trade. In this lab we will not only tour the harbor at our port of call (by land and by sea) but also examine what goes on behind the scenes to learn about piloting, bunkering, lightering, cargo handling, and other aspects of port operations including hi-tech Vessel Traffic Services and other issues related to ship safety and the harbor environment. We will also learn about the people who run the port – from longshoremen to tug captains, pilots, and harbor managers.
Academic Objectives:
  1. To understand the history of the Port of Cape Town, SA, and its importance to world trade
  2. To learn about harbor operations -- piloting, cargo handling, environmental issues
  3. To learn about the people who run the port – from longshoremen to tug captains, pilots, and harbor managers