Moby Dick: Encounter with Mystery as the American Religion (Conversation with the Classics Fall 2015)

Event details

  • Thursday | November 5, 2015
  • 7:00 pm
  • Portsmouth Abbey 285 Corys Ln Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • 4016431255

CONVERSATION #2
ENCOUNTER WITH MYSTERY AS THE AMERICAN RELIGION: MOBY DICK BY HERMAN MELVILLE
DATES: NOVEMBER 5, 12, 19
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Far more than a story about a man hunting a whale, Moby Dick is the rigorous, thorough, and delightful examination of religion in America. As is to be expected in the New World, religion introduces itself to individuals through small moments of private revelation that suggest or even promise community. It is often then judged by its delivery of that promise. The American culture is a cult of something and the Pequod’s journeys are the beginning of our discovery of it.