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Classic Travellers' Tales in Verse and Prose

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Classic Travellers' Tales in Verse and Prose

<p>Focusing on Coleridge’s <em>Ancient Mariner</em>, Conrad’s <em>Heart of Darkness</em> and Twain’s <em>Huckleberry Finn</em>, we examine what makes a classic traveller’s tale and how these


Focusing on Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, we examine what makes a classic traveller’s tale and how these particular ones came to be written. Students are encouraged to gain some awareness of Heart of Darkness and Huckleberry Finn either through reading the text or viewing a video but a close knowledge of the text is not required.


  • Othello woos Desdemona with his traveller’s tales. Porotypes of traveller’s tales from Greek and Roman literature. Contrasting an Anglo Saxon poem’s treatment of the sea with a more recent view. Part one of the Ancient Mariner.
  • Lyrical Ballads and the background to how The Ancient Mariner came to be written. Some sources for the poem. The Ancient Mariner Part 2-4.
  • The Ancient Mariner Part 5-7.
  • Sir Patrick Spens ( Anon) and The Lotus Eaters (Tennyson) and some short poems of the sea.
  • Huckleberry Finn-A dark world viewed through the eyes of an innocent
  • The dark world of imperialism. Conrad’s "Heart of Darkness "and Copolla’s “Apocalypse Now.” Roger Casement’s investigation into King Leopold’s Belgium Congo.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify many of the linguistic devices by which poets enrich their communication.
  2. Be more aware of the strong role the sea can play in our imaginative life.
  3. Recognize how society’s relation to the natural world is influenced by changing technology and economic mores.
  4. Identify the central role the idea of redemption plays in much of our literature.