Rebhorn 3 credits
This course aims to explore the life and works of one of the most seminal American writers of the nineteenth century—Herman Melville. By locating Melville in his historical and cultural contexts, and carefully reading and investigating his works, this course will reveal how this author was deeply invested in pressing social issues like chattel slavery, women’s rights, industrial capitalism, and the sectional crisis leading to the Civil War. By exploring the works of Melville, in other words, this course affords its students the opportunity to see the foundations of American literature and culture being laid.
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