Subversive Genealogy: The Politics and Art of Herman Melville

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University of California Press, Apr 18, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 354 pages
This book makes several claims which ought to be stated at the outset: that Herman Melville is a recorder and interpreter of American society whose work is comparable to that of the great nineteenth-century European realists; that there was crisis of bourgeois society at midcentury on both continents, but that in America it entered politics by way of slavery and race rather than class; that the crisis called into question the ideal realm of liberal political freedom, and also that Melville was particularly sensitive to the American crisis because of the political importance of his clan and the political history of his family
 

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Contents

The Red Rover
3
POLITICS
13
and Christians
42
SOCIETY
153
Class Struggles in America
187
and Confidence Men
221
THE STATE
257
The Somers Mutiny and Billy Budd
288
Notes
319
Index
349
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