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Moby-Dick and Marilynne Robinson

All Levels | Marilynne Robinson’s first novel, Housekeeping, is a slim book about two young women growing up in a Northern Idaho town—a scope and premise strikingly unlike Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Why, then, was Robinson’s working title for the manuscript “Moby-Jane”? In this class, we’ll read Moby-Dick and Housekeeping, paying close attention to their affinities and considering how both writers’ lyric language, vivid description, and what Robinson calls the “spectacular exploration of the metaphorical acts of consciousness” might influence our own work.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

Class Type: 10 Sessions


Term: Spring 2021

Start Date: 04/08/2021

End Date: 06/10/2021

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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