A Companion to Herman Melville

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Wyn Kelley
John Wiley & Sons, Jun 24, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 608 pages
In a series of 35 original essays, this companion demonstrates the relevance of Melville’s works in the twenty-first century.

  • Presents 35 original essays by scholars from around the world, representing a range of different approaches to Melville
  • Considers Melville in a global context, and looks at the impact of global economies and technologies on the way people read Melville
  • Takes account of the latest and most sophisticated scholarship, including postcolonial and feminist perspectives
  • Locates Melville in his cultural milieu, revising our views of his politics on race, gender and democracy
  • Reveals Melville as a more contemporary writer than his critics have sometimes assumed
 

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Contents

A Traveling Life
3
Cosmopolitanism and Traveling Culture
19
Melvilles World Readers
35
Paul Lyons
52
Science and the Earth
71
Pacific Paradises
98
Atlantic Trade
113
Frontispiece Herman Melville by Joseph O Eaton 1870
118
Literature of Exploration and the
282
Melville and the Epitaph
299
The Company of Women Authors
313
Hawthorne and Race
327
vignette for the 1836 edition of The Pirate
345
figure of horseman and huma
355
MobyDick as Hybrid Epic
408
The Female Subject in Pierre and The Piazza Tales
423

Ancient Lands
129
Democracy and its Discontents
149
Urbanization Class Struggle and Reform
165
Melville and Religion
181
Public Life in the Institutional Nation
197
Melville Slavery and the American Dilemma
214
Gender and Sexuality
231
The Legacy of Britain
249
Romantic Philosophy Transcendentalism and Nature
266
Narrative Shock in Bartleby the Scrivener
435
Fluid Identity in Israel Potter and The ConfidenceMan
451
How Clarel Works
467
Melville the Realist Poet
482
The Melville Revival
515
The Melville Text
553
Index
567
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Wyn Kelley is Senior Lecturer in the Literature Faculty at MIT. The author of Melville’s City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York (1996) and A Short Guide to Herman Melville (Blackwell Publishing, 2008), she is also Associate Editor of the Melville Electronic Library.

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