The Bantam Classic Edition of Moby Dick (1851/1981) leaves little doubt about the magnitude of Herman Melville's most celebrated work of fiction: "No American masterpiece casts quite as awesome a ... Lesen Sie weiter
The Bantam Classic Edition of Moby Dick (1851/1981) leaves little doubt about the magnitude of Herman Melville's most celebrated work of fiction: "No American masterpiece casts quite as awesome a shadow as Melville's monumental MOBY-DICK. Mad Captain Ahab's quest for the White Whale is a timeless epic - a stirring tragedy of vengeance and obsession, a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. It is the greatest sea story ever told." The objectives of this course are encapsulated in this brief hyperbolic passage: We will read and examine Moby Dick with the tools of literary criticism - as a quest narrative, an epic, a tragedy, a parable - but also from the perspective of cultural and transmedia criticism - as a text that has cast its shadow over a long line of adaptations, such as illustrations, paintings, films, television series, radio plays, comic books, and music. The goal of this course is to get to know and practice methods of literary, cultural, and media analysis and to use this expertise to study the ways in which one of the most influential but also most complex American novels has been adapted into other media. Please note that this will be a reading-intensive course. -----
Texts: The following book must be purchased:
Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick. Longman Critical Edition. Ed. John Bryant and Haskell Springer. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0205514083.