University of Washington Tacoma

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Author Biography

Brit graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma with a BA in Writing Studies and a minor in Environmental Studies. She spends quite a bit of time contemplating how writing can be used to communicate complex ideas in accessible language and how storytelling grips us into action when it is most needed. Brit is also very interested in how myth, superstitions, fact, and history collide.

Document Type

Undergraduate Research Paper


Using examples from Melville's Moby-Dick and Matt Kish's Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page, this paper explores how intention and coincidence contribute to perception of literature and art. There are too many patterns and details for certain aspects of Moby-Dick to be just a coincidence, and when the novel is viewed with this in mind, it changes the reader's relationship with the text and subsequently inspired artwork. By questioning the relationship with coincidence and intention as it relates to truth in storytelling and art, the reader by extension begins to question the very same in their own lives.


University of Washington Tacoma


TLIT 306: Studies In Selected American Writers


Ellen Bayer