Islands have always lured the human imagination. They are places of longing, of splendid isolation--places where you can discover new forms of life and give up old ones. This course will explore the island as a place and as a state of mind. We will get to know loners and dreamers, travelers and survivors. We begin our journey with island stories from Homer's Odyssey and Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, stop over at Robinson Crusoe Island, and visit Jonathan Swift's Houyhnhnm-land, where we'll meet the man who wanted to be a horse. We'll finish our journey in the twentieth century. Along the way, we will get to know the different genres that have given islands literary form, from satire and novel to utopia and dystopia. Satisfies the Eighteenth-Century requirement.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; AS HUM; EL EC