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An Evolutionary Analysis of Moby Dick: The Pequod's Search for Brotherhood, Status, and Mystery


  • Peter Steadman

Summary, in English

Applying contemporary ideas regarding the role literature may have had in human evolutionary history to literary analysis, using Herman Melville's Moby Dick as a case study. The paper focuses on the function of male bonding in the text, the ways in which the setting is defined by humanity's evolutionary past, and the artistic function of the hunt, as it is described in the text.


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Document type

Student publication for Master's degree (two years)


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Evolution
  • Herman Melville
  • literary Darwinism
  • Moby Dick


  • Anna Lindhé (Dr)