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Another Look: Herman Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

EVT 630
Jan 8
7:00 pm (PT)
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center and Zoom
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Melville is most famous for his masterpiece Moby Dick, but his 1853 Bartleby is a short wonder, and his protagonist’s repeated “I prefer not to” is one of the most famous lines in American literature. Novelist Sophie Hannah, writing in The Independent, called it “a flawless and ambiguous work of art.” She writes, “Bartleby, blank in character, tests the characters of others. … Bartleby is pure enigma.”

Panelists will include:

Robert Pogue Harrison, Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature, Emeritus, Stanford; author; director of Another Look; host of the radio talk show and podcast series "Entitled Opinions" and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.

Tobias Wolff, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor, Emeritus, Stanford; writer; the founding director of Another Look and recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

Thomas Harrison, Professor of European Languages and Transcultural Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles

Katie Peterson, Award winning poet and Stanford alum

This event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages and the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.
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