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Chronicle of Higher Education (2006)
  • Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education
Technology is reshaping literary scholarship on Herman Melville through recovery of his lost annotations.

Imagine, at the end of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, that Captain Ahab and the crew of the Pequod kill the white whale instead of the other way around. That Ishmael is not alone in his escape. Steven Olsen-Smith, an associate professor of English at Boise State University, has reconstructed textual evidence that strongly suggests that Melville, whose 1851 novel stands as one of the great achievements of American literature and an enduring study of doomed monomania, entertained just such a scenario.
Publication Date
Winter February 17, 2006
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Jennifer Howard. "Call Me Digital" Chronicle of Higher Education (2006)
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