Shipwrecked – Conversion, Redemption, and Salvation in Ship-wreck Narratives

History 100AP

Spring 2016
223 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 330-5P
The course will focus  on several crucial shipwreck narratives, in the Odyssey,  the Acts of the Apostles and other Christian writings referring to the Apostle Paul, in Shakespeare’s Tempest and Dafoe’s Robinson Crusoe, to identify how narratives of ship-wreck and similar naval catastrophes encapsulate encounters with the divine, conversion experiences, questions of religious identity, and concepts of paradise. We will focus on the narrative pattern of these classic shipwreck accounts (that is, we will read the texts!) and then use approaches from cultural anthropology and literary theory to identify how the narrators use shipwrecks to talk about the relation between nature, the divine, and humans.

Course Books

The Mammouth Book of Shipwrecks by Russel Running Press. ISBN: 978-0786714681 Required
Philocetes by Sophocles Focus. ISBN: 978-1585100866 Required
The Tempest by Shakespeare The Folger Shakespeare Library, Simon and Shuster. ISBN: 978-0743482837 Required
Odyssey by Homer - Robert Fagles Penguin. ISBN: 978-0140268867 Required