In Conversation with The Rosenbach

Date / Time

  • December 7, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

There are very few female characters in Melville’s Moby-Dick. Captain Ahab did have a wife. But she never appears in person and she’s mentioned just twice in the whole novel, both times as a symbol of the emotional ties Ahab abandoned when the Pequod set sail. In this lecture, Dr. Norling will discuss why and at what cost Melville and other maritime chroniclers overlooked an essential part of the story: the women, families and communities onshore.