English 100

The Seminar on Criticism: In the Wake of Moby-Dick

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Spring 2022 Otter, Samuel
TTh 5-6:30 Dwinelle 211

Book List

James, C.L.R.: Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways: Herman Melville and the World We Live In; Melville, Herman: Moby-Dick: or, The Whale; Niemeyer, Mark: The Divine Magnet: Herman Melville's Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne; Olson, Charles: Call Me Ishmael

Other Readings and Media

Photocopied course reader


We will read Moby-Dick slowly and scrupulously, immersing ourselves in Melville’s extraordinary prose and assessing the book’s literary, historical, and biographical contexts; the 20th- and 21st-century critical traditions it has generated; narrative theory relevant to understanding Melville’s literary experiments; and the presence of the book in global culture. Course requirements include oral presentations and two essays (5-7 pages and 8-10 pages). 

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