John Durham Peters

Aug 29, 2022

On Herman Melville's "Moby Dick"

A Discussion with John Durham Peters

New Books Network 2022

It makes sense that historian Nathanial Philbrick calls Moby-Dick the “American Bible.” Along with being a story of adventure and danger, it’s also a celebration of pluralism and a critique of social and religious hierarchies. In this episode, Yale professor John Peters takes a deep dive into the many facets of this iconic tale. John Durham Peters is the María Rosa Menocal Professor of English and of Film & Media Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication, Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition, and more. See more information on our website,

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