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ENGL 221: "Moby-Dick" & Its Contexts

We will set out after Herman Melville's sublime romance of whale-hunting, researching as we go the myriad cultural contexts that speak within it-- romanticism, nationalism, humanism, religion, idealism, capitalism, science, race, labor, gender, sexuality, masculinity, whiteness. Attention to Melville’s life, career, and other works, his nineteenth-century obscurity and twentieth-century canonization, will lead us to a history of interpretations of Moby-Dick from 1851 to the present.
6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2019-2020