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Whose Melville? Close Readings of Melville's Major Works
ENGL 268 SP
Since the "Melville Revival" of the 1920s, Herman Melville, "the very type of the white, male, and culturally elite writer," has managed to remain at the center of American literary canons. His work continues to attract
critics of all stripes from Formalists and Feminists to Queer Theorists and Post-Colonialists. In this seminar we will consider what makes Melville's work so compelling. We will look at the genesis and vicissitudes of
career; at his sources and methods of invention; at the style and structure of his major works; and at the rich array of cultural, political, and metaphysical themes that resonate within them.
THE CONFIDENCE MAN
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
2-3 pp. Close-reading of a passage from "Benito Cereno"; 4-5 pp. Fictional adaptation of a historic source text; 4-5 pp. Analytical Essay on Moby-Dick.
10-12 pp. Final Paper.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
[ENGL203 or AMST155] OR ENGL201 OR [HIST237 or AMST151] OR [HIST239 or AMST152]
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Baraw,Charles
- Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: CRT271SEM;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 18)
- SR. major: 9 Jr. major: 9
- SR. non-major: 0 Jr. non-major: 0 SO: X FR: X
- Curricular Renewal: Speaking, Writing
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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