INSTHUM 212 - Second-Year Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies
Section: 001 Mapping Moby Dick
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Institute for the Humanities (INSTHUM)
Department: LSA Humanities Institute
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There is always more than one way to read a novel. In this mini-course, we will read a particular novel — Herman Melville’s Moby Dick — by making maps. Beyond plotting the course of Ahab’s ship, the Pequod, in its monomaniacal pursuit of a diabolical whale, readers of Moby Dick can interpret the novel spatially in many ways. The novel’s global scope puts in dialogue cultures from around the world: South Pacific and New England, British and American, Alabama and Massachusetts. Along the way, Melville touches on issues relevant to nineteenth-century life — race, slavery, religion, patriarchy — that prove eminently mappable.

In taking this class, you will have the opportunity to read one of the most compelling works of American literature, while at the same time learning how to use mapping and visualization software. In doing both together, you may find ways that digital tools can provide new ways to read and appreciate literature.

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INSTHUM 212 - Second-Year Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies
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001 (SEM)
Th 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 0393972836
Moby-Dick : an authoritative text, before 'Moby-Dick' : international controversy, reviews and letters by Melville, analogues and sources reviews of 'Moby-Dick', criticism, Author: Herman Melville ; ed. by Hershel Parker,..., Harrison Hayford,... ; pictorial materials prepared by John B. Putnam., Publisher: W. W. Norton 2nd ed. 2001
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