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Friday, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 18B, ACC

Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn

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A special session. Presiding: Jonathan Schroeder, Univ. of Chicago

Speakers: Branka Arsić, Columbia Univ.; Jennifer L. Fleissner, Indiana Univ., Bloomington; Donald E. Pease, Dartmouth Coll.; Geoffrey Sanborn, Amherst Coll.; Michael D. Snediker, Univ. of Houston, University Park

Respondent: Meredith Farmer, Wake Forest Univ.

Rejecting dominant readings of Melville’s Captain Ahab as a paradigm of strong agency and turning instead to a series of “materialist” topics (atomism, vitalism, materialist psychology, and disability studies), panelists produce new readings of Ahab and Moby-Dick, in general—and attempt to give focus to a vague but palpable “materialist turn.”

For precirculated remarks and guiding questions, visit https://commons.mla.org/ after 28 Dec.

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