AT 17-001_FA20: Course Alias:
Yarns, shanties, and scuttlebutt are terms that reference the constructing of story and self within the context of sail. The relationship between the sharing of stories and journeying on water appears throughout many cultural landscapes in narrative form. But why is the link between taking to the sea and telling the story of journeying by water so strongly related? This course encourages students to explore various narrative structures, stories, and experiences related to this link as the focus of our examination. Examples will range from ancient stories of the earliest seafarers to the reflective narratives of the early Americas to various fictions (and facts) of contemporary sailors. Throughout our experiences in this course, we will work together to engage in academic inquiry, as well as to craft familiarity with class preparation and expectations at Eckerd College.