Delve Fall 2018 – Herman Melville: Moby Dick

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Delve Fall 2018 – Herman Melville: Moby Dick


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Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Tuesdays, September 4-October 9, 2018 (six sessions)
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Guide: Christopher Zinn, Tuition: $220


Published in 1851, Moby-Dick is a book like no other. It’s part adventure story, part Elizabethan tragedy, part alt-history, part lyrical meditation on American democracy, part exploration of literary form. In a time of global change, Melville’s account of the far-flung endeavors of Ahab and his crew seems freshly relevant. This Delve will explore the literary and cultural dimensions of this many-sided masterpiece.

Reading List: Moby-Dick, Library of America paperback edition



Christopher Zinn grew up in Pine City, NY, and was educated at Georgetown and New York University, where he received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature. Zinn lectures and writes frequently on American literature and culture, and currently teaches humanities at the Portland Waldorf High School. 2018/2019 marks his twelfth season as a Delve Guide.