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Fall Literature Reading Series

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Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” is a novel that is both universally acclaimed and fundamentally misunderstood. While it was once so ubiquitously revered as to have been a staple in high school classrooms, has provided fodder for decades of children’s book adaptations, and even inspired a rollicking adventure film starring Gregory Peck, its status as one of the foremost experimental novels in American literature often goes unseen. Foreshadowing the genre-blurring, philosophically chaotic, and endlessly playful work of postmodernists like Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo while using the framework of the traditional adventure novels with which Melville himself first found fame as an author, “Moby Dick” is as elusive as it is engaging, as complex as it is eminently readable, and contains some of the most electric, Shakespearean-grade linguistic feats to be found in American fiction, both before its publication and since. In other words, it is exactly the type of behemoth (pun intended) that the Burlington Writer’s Workshop’s Literature Series was made to tackle. Indeed, it has been suggested as a potential candidate for group discussion so many times that we eventually decided to “sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.” In order to accommodate the length of his particular novel, we will be adding one week onto our normally 8-week-long Fall Lit. Series, beginning September 25 and ending November 20.

Here's the reading schedule:

Chapters 1-14: September 25
Chapters 15-31: October 2
Chapters 32-42: October 9
Chapters 43-54: October 16
Chapters 55-73: October 23
Chapters 74-88: October 30
Chapters[masked]: November 6
Chapters[masked]: November 13
Chapters 126-Epilogue: November 20