Cody to Present Friday's Faculty Lecture Series

October 11, 2010

Professor of English David Cody will present this month's Faculty Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Friday, October 15, in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall.

In All These Things Are Not Without Their Meanings: New Light on Melville's Moby Dick, Cody will explore a number of new discoveries illuminating Moby Dick, as well as several of Herman Melville's stories and poems-"discoveries that are contributions toward a future, more perfectly annotated Melville."

Cody describes his lecture: "In the 1940s, the great intellectual historian Perry Miller, himself an eminent Melvillean, loved to suggest that the Herman Melville industry had replaced whaling in the New England economy. Although there was a great deal of truth in that statement at the time, it may be even more true today, for ever since then, schools of academics assembled from all over the world have continued to swim in avid and more-or-less monomaniacal pursuit of Melville and his works. After nearly a century of intense scholarly interest resulting in hundreds of books and thousands of articles, few literary works have been so thoroughly or conscientiously annotated as the great whale of a book that crippled its author's career. Despite this, however, the birth of new technology-based endeavors such as the Google Book project are making it possible not merely to expand and deepen our understanding of this manic, witty, moving, and dauntingly allusive masterpiece, but to shed light on cryptic allusions and internal mysteries that have long resisted elucidation."

Cody's lecture is the second of eight discussions throughout the 2010-11 academic year focusing on art, literature, mathematics, social movements, chemistry, and history. Faculty members will discuss recent research in their field with members of the Hartwick community. Presenting later this year are Assistant Professor of Mathematics Min Chung, Assistant Professor of Sociology Cecelia Walsh-Russo, Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Erickson, Professor of History Peter Wallace, Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley, and Professor of English Thomas Travisano.

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