Hacking Moby-Dick

“Hacking Moby-Dick” offers a unique chance to carefully read a classic of American literature while exploring how to apply digital approaches to studying novels. The seminar series will not only feature weekly close readings and discussions of Moby-Dick, it will also explore the varying digital approaches that shed light on the novel, from quantitative to qualitative analyses to a demonstration of a digital archive of Melville’s notes in his books. Participants will also get the opportunity to use the Melville Electronic Library’s digital edition of Moby-Dick, which juxtaposes the American and British editions, in effect showing Melville’s revisions after he submitted the book to his American publisher––and how his British publisher changed parts of the book without his permission. 


Dr Christopher Ohge (School of Advanced Study)