English N166

Special Topics: Moby-Dick and the Theory of the Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2016 Puckett, Kent
MTTh 4-6 140 Barrows

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Melville, Herman: Moby-Dick


In this summer session, we'll read one and only one novel: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (1851). We'll read the book carefully and closely, working particularly to understand Melville's idiosyncratic use of particuar aesthetic and narrative techniques. In addition to working through the novel one section at a time, we'll also consult some classic analyses of the narrative and the novel (Lukacs, Genette, Bakhtin, Kristeva, etc.) in order to see both what narrative theory has to say about the whale and to what the whale has to say about narrative theory.

This course will be taught in Session A, from May 23  to June 30.

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