Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick
- Date: June 24, 2021
- Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
- Location: Schoodic Institute, Moore Auditorium, Winter Harbor
Moby-Dick devotees and neophytes alike, Ahab’s Rolling Sea is a chronological journey through the natural history and seamanship in Melville’s novel. From white whales to whale intelligence, giant squids, barnacles, albatross, celestial navigation, and sharks, King examines what Melville knew from his own experiences and the sources available to a reader in the mid-1800s, exploring how and why Melville might have twisted what was known to serve his fiction, and how we might best read this benchmark of American perception of the ocean during this age of climate change. Richard J. King is visiting associate professor of maritime literature and history at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. For more than twenty years he has been sailing and teaching aboard tall ships in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He writes and illustrates a column on marine animals for Sea History magazine, edits the “Searchable Sea Literature” website, and was the founding series editor of Seafaring America. He is the author of Lobster and The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History.