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Seminar in Literary Interpretation

Moby Dick

A big whale on the shore with a few people around it

This seminar course introduces students to the inner workings of storytelling, and specifically teaches ways of interpreting, through literary “close reading,” the art of the novel.  In order to do this, we set sail on a long, leisurely voyage with a single, monumental text, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851).


Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851)


Assessment is based on:

  • Weekly writing exercise
  • A mid-term research assignment
  • A short final essay.


  • ENGL 100
  • Registration in an English Major or Joint Honours plan

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.