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In this spring-long discussion of Moby-Dick, Melville’s thrilling masterwork, students look at the novel in terms of belief and doubt — and also in the context of his language and his novel’s honest, courageous moral concerns in an expanding America.

Meets Tue, Feb 7, Mar 14, Apr 4 and May 9.


Brief Bio

Brenda Wineapple is the author of Ecstatic Nation (a New York Times Notable Book), White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and Hawthorne: A Life. The recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2014, she was elected a Fellow of the American Society of American Historians in 2014 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. She teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts. “What a privilege to sit in a class led by Professor Wineapple,” wrote a former student. “She was fantastic. She knew and enjoyed her subject thoroughly and I gained a new, in-depth appreciation of the subject.”

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