Melville, the Scrivener
Professor Cindy Weinstein lecture
This lecture will be given in English.
Date: Thursday 8th February.
Time: 12:00 – 14:00.
This class will discuss the distinctive features of Melville’s writings that have made him such a crucial figure in in American literature. By focusing on “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street,” with reference to other short stories by Melville, we shall analyze his aesthetic sensibility and cultural importance.
Vice Provost Cindy Weinstein is the Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English and Chief Diversity Officer. Her academic work focuses on 19th century American literature, a specialty in which she is the author of several monographs and edited volumes. She has published extensively on Herman Melville and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and is especially interested in studying the relation between literary texts and the culture in which they were written. She has been a member of the Caltech faculty since 1989 and served as executive officer for the Humanities for six years, starting in 2008.