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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 postcolonialists. In this seminar we will consider what makes Melville's work so compelling. We will look at the genesis and vicissitudes of his 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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Prerequisites: [ENGL203 or AMST155] OR ENGL201 OR [HIST237 or AMST151] OR [HIST239 or AMST152]
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
THE CONFIDENCE MAN
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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.
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