Oceans and Sea in English Literature

Our cultural week is international and interdisciplinary. Our colleague, the literary scholar Ms. Claudia Miller has given the students an interactive lecture on Literature and the Sea. We have travelled with Claudia through the centuries analysing British and North American literatures and their different stages of symbolism and myths. First, we were given an introduction to British Romanticism through the figures of Percy Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron and Virginia Woolf. Then we discovered the American sea fiction, James Fenimore Cooper and Helman Melville, the Sea-Drift poems of Walt Whitman, the Indian voyages of Rudyard Kipling and the Africa of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

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Secondly, we had an interactive class with the students analysing all the main topics related to the Sea symbolism: calmness, pain, loss, adventure, danger, sadness, turmoil or introspection, through poems and excerpts by Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Tennyson, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling and so on. The students read poems and made the connections with the big themes connected to the Sea, thus having an active role in the activity and showing great interest and involvement in the reading process as something inextricably linked to the development of our minds. Thanks to our English Department and its great literary critics.

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abril 7, 2017