Claremont McKenna College

October 28, 2013

Vol. 29 , No. 04   

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Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil

In the novel Moby-Dick (1851), Herman Melville captured the American whaling industry at its peak. In Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil: An Admonition for the Petroleum Age (2013), author Robert Wagner draws illuminating parallels between Melville’s classic novel and the modern pursuit of petroleum resources. Wagner finds important lessons in Moby-Dick for the American economy and American ideals of environmental stewardship. His interpretation of Melville gives Moby-Dick new relevance in today’s world.

Before receiving his Ph.D. in Mythological Studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2008, Robert Wagner spent his career as a commercial and investment banker to the oil and gas industries. He worked primarily in Texas, but focused on the Middle East during the conflict ridden periods of the early 1970’s. Through his work, Wagner became an expert virtually all aspects of the oil industry. He received an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of NYU in 1971.

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