Many a Mighty Birth: Queequeg as Ishmael's Ideal Mother in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick

Friday, November 7, 2014
Plaza Foyer (Sheraton)
Jamie Watson , University of North Carolina Wilmington
Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is wrought with a sense of absence and an unceasing search for something missing. But what Ishmael truly desires is his ideal mother: Queequeg. This poster presentation explores Queequeg's role as the inspiration for Moby-Dick's maternal metaphors.