Join us in a close reading of the canon of English language maritime literature while we explore themes of human freedom and authority, risk and reward, eternity and mortality, secularism and religious tradition, and humankind’s perennial listlessness. In this course, we will focus on works of early to late modernity and take note of our genre’s proclivity to foretell the elasticity and amorphism of our post-modern epoch as illustrated by the biography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.


Samuel Hilgartner

Sam Hilgartner worked for the National Park Services as a traditional ship rigger in California previous to employment at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in 2018. He holds a USCG captain’s license and completed a boat-building apprenticeship in Sausalito CA. Hilgartner has worked in maritime industries for eight years and has spent extensive time studying philosophy, theology, and literary fiction. Sam has organized humanities-oriented study groups. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.

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