Uses of the Past - Pirates, Piracy, and History

CLLC-L 220 / CLASS 13488 — Spring 2023

Edmondson Hall C112
Days and Times
Tu/Th 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

From the gentlemanly pirates in the Pirates of Penzance to the sinister Captain Hook in Peter Pan, pirates have long captured the interest and imagination of storytellers. This course uses interdisciplinary approaches to understand piracy in popular culture, the lived experiences of individual swashbucklers, and the world of the Golden Age of piracy. We will use an array of source material – from popular literature and films to paintings and clothing – to interrogate the lives and impacts of pirate communities. Rather than bust myths or ruin famous films, this course looks to pirates to reveal truths about the world in which they operated, especially withregards to race, class, gender, and sexuality. We will examine the ways that pirates occupied marginal social spaces and transgressed norms, and the reasons why modern audiences continue to be fascinated by their stories.

Instructor: Casey Korducki

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)