LIT081 CM - Melville

This seminar will examine the work and life of Herman Melville, one of the most complex and influential of American writers. After attention to several of the early novels, particularly Typee and Redburn, the focus will turn to the major novels, Moby Dick, Pierre, The Confidence Man, and Billy Budd, as well as the stories of The Piazza Tales. Melville's poetry, including the epic pilgrimage Clarel, will be considered in depth in the context of the Civil War and in relation to its ongoing spiritual occupations. Literary, religious, scientific, and political contexts will structure readings and discussions. Students are encouraged, though not required, to have taken a course in Shakespeare, the Bible, or Milton prior to enrollment.

Offered: Every other year

Credit: 1

Course Number: LIT 081 CM

This course information is from the 2021-2022 Catalog. View this catalog.

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