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Sena Jeter Naslund reads from Ahab's wife

by ebreilly

Sena Jeter Naslund, a Kentucky-based author, sought to insert a female voice into Moby-Dick by reclaiming the figure of Ahab's wife and seeking to recount Melville's narrative from her point of view. In this video, Naslund reads from the very opening passage of her novel, which includes some of the key elements that first inspired her to write about Melville's characters. Here are some questions to consider as you listen to her read this passage: How does her perspective on Captain Ahab alter the ways we see this iconic figure? What might his wife understand about him that is closed to the men aboard the Pequod, given what Mellville tells us about his estrangement from the people around him? What elements from Melville's novel does she use to "authenticate" this account as belonging to the same story world as the original novel? The passage she reads ends with Ahab's wife waiting on t Read more at Flows of Reading

On Ahab's Wife

Sena Jeter Naslund reads from her book "Ahab's Wife".

from MFA - Sena Jeter Naslund (2010)
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Posted by ebreilly