Saturday, April 23, 2011

Herman Melville

Works Discussed:
* Melville, Benito Cereno

Topics Discussed:
* Historical Context: Slavery, Slave Revolt and Manifest Destiny
* Conception of Good and Evil
* View of Human Nature, Universe
* Relationship Between New World, Old World and Third World
* Nature of Reality, History; Role of Power
* Depiction of American Frontier/Nature
* Ideology and Practice
* American Innocence, Naivety

Due Next Class:
Due Next Class;
* Douglass, *The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" (pgs. 2064-2097)

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