No branch of Zoology is so much involved as that which is entitled Cetology, says Captain Scoresby, A.
My object here is simply to project the draught of a systematization of cetology.
first: the uncertain, unsettled condition of this science of Cetology is in the very vestibule attested by the fact, that in some quarters it still remains a moot point whether a whale be a fish.
Hence, all the smaller, spouting, and horizontal tailed fish must be included in this ground-plan of Cetology.
In connexion with this appellative of Whalebone whales , it is of great importance to mention, that however such a nomenclature may be convenient in facilitating allusions to some kind of whales, yet it is in vain to attempt a clear classification of the Leviathan, founded upon either his baleen, or hump, or fin, or teeth; notwithstanding that those marked parts or features very obviously seem better adapted to afford the basis for a regular system of Cetology than any other detached bodily distinctions, which the whale, in his kinds, presents.
But as these pig-fish are a nosy, contemptible set, mostly lurking in the mouths of rivers, and feeding on wet hay, and especially as they do not spout, I deny their credentials as whales; and have presented them with their passports to quit the kingdom of Cetology.
As the external difference between them is mainly observable in their heads; and as a head of each is this moment hanging from the Pequod's side; and as we may freely go from one to the other, by merely stepping across the deck: --where, I should like to know, will you obtain a better chance to study practical cetology
For tourist promoters keen to enlist cetology
into their education efforts, Ford's classifications facilitated the projection of environmental identity onto the whale identification act--a nominally "non-musical" gesture rendered aesthetic by its context.
In sections on world-making, love stories, arts, and communities, they consider such topics as Gospel cetology
, phenomenology beyond the phantom limb: Melvillean figuration and chronic pain, a final appearance with Elihu Vedder: Melville's visions, Bartleby's screen, and desertscapes: geological politics in Clarell.
why it is a whale of a book, in medias res, refusing category, fusing adventure tale with cetology
, the tale of the Demos at sea, high Faustian drama dismantling plot, narrative (why should we call him Ishmael and where does he go until he lands on the coffin?