‘There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method’ – Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or The Whale, 1851. Even people who haven’t read Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851) know how it begins. ‘Call me Ishmael’ ranks highly in lists of the most famous first lines in literature, and has provided the title for works […]
Katie McGettigan is a third year PhD student in American Studies at Keele University, where she is working on a thesis titled ‘The material text and the literary marketplace in the novels of Herman Melville’. She has published in Symbiosis, Notes and Queries, and Culture, Societies and Masculinities on Thomas Carlyle, Herman Melville and Owen Wister, and you can find her on Twitter here .