Chasing the White Whale

Chasing the White Whale : The Moby-Dick Marathon; or, What Melville Means Today

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Using the twenty-five hour nonstop reading of Moby-Dick that took place on January 3, 2009 as a barometer of how Melville lives today among his most passionate and enthusiastic disciples, this examines how it has developed such an ardent following and ubiquitous presence in popular culture within our technology-obsessed, quick-fix contemporary more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 1587299062
  • 9781587299063

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David Dowling s book, a thoughtful blend of reportage, cultural observation, and literary reflection, engages at length with Melville s "Moby-Dick" and some of its most dedicated fans: the eager hordes who descend on New Bedford, Massachusetts, each January for the Moby-Dick Marathon. Recognizing in this annual ritual the signs of democracy in vigorous action, drawing on emotions ranging from the playful to the sublime, responding to the power of a diverse and enthusiastic reading community, Dowling opens up the connections between Melville s quest and those of his readers as he ranges widely through the text. This book makes "Moby-Dick" accessible to all by demonstrating its continuing and increasing relevance in twenty-first-century global culture. Wyn Kelley, " "associate editor, "Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies," and author, "An Introduction to Herman Melville, " "Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York," " "and "A Companion to Herman Melville"show more

About David Dowling

David Dowling is a lecturer of English at the University of Iowa. He is the author of "Capital Letters: Authorship in the Antebellum Literary Market" (Iowa, 2008) and numerous articles on nineteenth-century literature and more

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