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Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

Register for this Summer 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
Seen as an artistic failure or an overgrown children’s book until the 1920s, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is now widely accepted as the greatest single work of American literature with indelible scenes, characters, and storylines. This course will provide an intensive focus on the book, examining its characters and themes closely while also considering the cultural background of Melville’s America, divided by issues of race and expansion and facing a deepening political rift that would lead to civil war. Melville was that rare writer who was both supremely talented and laden with knowledge of a highly technical subject, in this case whaling and voyaging. This makes for a book like no other.  Summer 2023 tuition is $349.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of the major themes, characters, and storylines of Moby-Dick
  • An understanding of the cultural context in which Melville lived and wrote

Ideal for

  • Those with an interest in American literature and history
  • The curious and creative
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.