Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick by George Cotkin

Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick

byGeorge Cotkin

Paperback | July 4, 2012

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Moby-Dick looms large - gargantuan in size, themes, symbols, and influence. Its deep dives, comedic interludes, adventurous journey, and surface effects demand a new approach. Instead of a traditional academic analysis, Dive Deeper grapples in novel fashion with this classic work. For each ofthe originals 135 chapters (along with Etymology, Extracts, and Epilogue), Dive Deeper has a corresponding brief chapter relating to themes and issues in the original. This permits Dive Deeper to follow the flow of the original and to bring forth new appreciation for the novel, its characters, andits readers. At once creative and informative, Dive Deeper captures the up and down history of the novel, from its original reception to its resurrection in the 1890s, to its ecoming the central work in the canon of American literature in the 1930s. Great books such as Moby-Dick live outside the confines of libraries. They occupy a central place in popular culture. Thus, Dive Deeper tracks the novel as it appears in various motion pictures (more than five major ones to date), comic routines and jokes, paintings, novels, songs (from rock toclassical to rap), and in other cultural forms. In the process, Dive Deeper charts how, and why, this novel about a whale and its pursuer has captivated generations of American readers. And why it continues to do so today.Dive Deeper, then, is a creative and original way of approaching a great novel. Readers will gain information and a deeper understanding of an American classic and its place in popular culture.

About The Author

George Cotkin is the author of William James, Public Philosopher (University of Illinois Press, 1994); Reluctant Modernism: American Thought and Culture (Twayne, 1992), Existential America (Hopkins, 2003) and, Morality's Muddy Waters: Ethical Quandaries in Modern America (University of Pennsylvania 2010)
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Title:Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-DickFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 4, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199855757

ISBN - 13:9780199855759

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Table of Contents

1. A Note to Readers2. Etymology3. Extracts4. Moby-Dick5. Acknowledgements6. Notes