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ENGL 4405 Melville and the World (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Herman Melville traveled widely throughout the world, from the Pacific Islands and the Mediterranean to the streets of New York City and London. How does Melville’s writing critically and creatively map the world of the nineteenth century? In this course we will read a selection of Melville’s novels, including Moby-Dick, as well as some short fiction, with an eye toward the geographical, cultural, and political contexts in which he wrote them. We will consider how Melville’s writing takes up and engages popular and mass culture, American expansion and war, and conflicts over race and slavery.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Adam Lewis

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jan-14