The Fall 2014 Archives & Special Collections exhibition is dedicated to rare books and manuscripts exploring themes in Herman Melville’s classic novel; Moby-Dick: A Whale of a Text is on display on level 3 of the library through December 12.
In conjunction with the Special Collections exhibition, students enrolled in art professor Jane Brucker’s course Visualizing Literature will be creating works inspired by Moby-Dick, which will be on display in the library from November 10 through January 30.
Moby-Dick is, in part, a novel about texts. It perpetually alludes to texts, be it through references to itself, to other texts and to the physicality of books, or to text in unexpected forms such as tattoos, the contours of a person’s face and whale anatomy. The exhibit, Moby-Dick, a Whale of a Text, highlights this often overlooked aspect of the great American classic and explores how it speaks to the novel Melville sought to write, one that continues to evolve and, like the white whale, remains elusive.
An opening reception and talk will take place at 6pm on Wednesday September 17. RSVP now!