Are you a devoted reader? Are you ready for a worthy challenge? The central aim of this course is to provide students with the time, space, resources, and faculty and peer support that they need to develop a thorough and nuanced understanding of one of the great works of nineteenth-century American literature--Herman Melville's Moby Dick . We will give over the entire quarter to this central text, supplementing it with critical and biographical materials and with illustrative shorter works by Melville and his contemporaries. In particular, we will read aloud as much of this mighty work as we can manage, doing the fine-grain study necessary to bring the story to life with genuine comprehension and conviction. Our work will include writing assignments appropriate to this aim, and will culminate in a class reading of key portions of the novel. Students should expect a demanding and engaging class that keeps them on their toes.
This program is designed for juniors and seniors with previous studies in literature and with strong reading, writing, and communication skills.
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Humanities, literature, education