Speaker - Samuel Otter

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Samuel Otter has taught in the English Department at the University of California at Berkeley since 1990. His research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century United States literatures. He is particularly interested in the relationships between literature and history, the varieties of literary excess, and the ways in which close reading also can be deep and wide. He has published Melville's Anatomies (1999), in which he analyzes Melville's concern with how meanings, particularly racial meanings, have been invested in and abstracted from human bodies. In his recent book, Philadelphia Stories, he examines the narratives about race, character, manners, violence, and freedom that unfold across a range of texts written in and about Philadelphia between 1790 and 1860. In recent years, he has taught courses on "Transatlantic Literature," "Melville's Forms," Edgar Allan Poe, and Henry James.

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World of Whales: The Science, the Opera and Moby-Dick

10.16.12 | 01:21:37 min | 0 comments