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All Levels | E.L. Doctorow once remarked in a lecture for the Library of Congress that American literature begins not with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, as Ernest Hemingway claimed, but with Moby Dick. Whether you’ve reeled in Herman Melville’s literary leviathan already or want to test your sea legs reading it for the first time, this six-week passage is for you. We’ll consume the beast in equal parts, one each week, giving ourselves ample time to savor its stylistic ingenuity, psychological depth, and moral vision.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Jeff Encke taught writing and criticism at Columbia University for several years, serving as writer-in-residence for the Program in Narrative Medicine while completing his PhD in English. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Kenyon Review Online, and Salt Hill. In 2004, he published Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse, a series of love poems addressed to Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi war criminals printed on a deck of playing cards.