"Queequeg's Coffin: Indigenous Literacies and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick"
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Edmund S. and Nathalie Rumowicz Endowed Literature and Sea Lecture and Seminar Series
Prof. Birgit Brander Rasmussen (Yale University), invites us to rethink what 'American literature' is, to expand its purview to include not only alphabetic languages, but also non-alphabetic writings throughout the Americas. This talk takes on Melville’s iconic novel Moby-Dick and explores Ishmael’s description of the tattoos on the body of the Polynesian harpooner Queequeg and on his coffin.
Follows the Awards Ceremony for the Rumowicz Maritime Essay Contest at 4PM.
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