Melville's Short Fiction: "Bartleby" and Beyond

Herman Melville is best known for Moby-Dick, but he also wrote masterpieces of shorter fiction, including "Bartleby, the Scrivener," "Benito Cereno," "The Encantadas," and "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids." This seminar will explore productive ways to teach and engage with Melville's short stories and their themes of labor, class struggle, urban life, racial conflict, and the natural world, including exploration of the stories' original serial publications and later illustrated editions from the Newberry's collection.