Hoare lecture: The Whale in myth, in industry, in futurity
Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales: The Whale in myth, in industry, in futurity
The whale is the ultimate shape-shifter: from creation myth to industrial resource and ecological emblem, it has become what ever we want it to be. In the fluid, psychic disjuncture of the meeting of natural history and human history, no other animate creature is so freighted with our demands. Philip Hoare examines these culture shifts in art, literature, and personal memoir, and wonders if, like Herman Melville, we might still conclude of the whale, I know him not, and never will.
Thursday, January 14, 2016