English 166

Special Topics: Moby-Dick

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2020 Breitwieser, Mitchell
TTh 11-12:30 2070 VLSB

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Melville, Herman: Moby-Dick


Baroque, intense, and demanding, Moby-Dick richly rewards all the attention a reader can muster. We will delve in as slowly as we can in order to cultivate the intellectual receptivity that Melville hoped for in his readers, becoming attuned to the subtle implications that he used to build his fictional universe. We will emphasize how the book's form is caught up in the philosophical, political, and spiritual issues that moved Melville to write, but class discussion will be open to any pertinent issue.

Students should purchase the Penguin Classics edition of the novel, not the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition.

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