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A Historical Guide to Herman Melville

Giles Gunn

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195142822
eISBN:
9780199850297
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142822.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This book gathers together original essays dealing with Herman Melville's relations with his historical era, with class, with the marketplace, with ethnic cosmopolitanism, and with religion. These ... More


Of the Cannibals

Neil Rennie

in Far-Fetched Facts: The Literature of Travel and the Idea of the South Seas

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186274
eISBN:
9780191674471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186274.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

As Samuel Taylor Coleridge noticed, the missionaries who came to the South Seas at the end of the 18th century had changed the image of the South Sea savage. This change he understood as fact ... More


Melville in the Antebellum Publishing Maelstrom

Michael J. Everton

in The Grand Chorus of Complaint: Authors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199751785
eISBN:
9780199896936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751785.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Chapter 5 illuminates implicit and explicit correlations between trade morality and Christian ethics and particularly the penultimate sociocultural morality of the golden rule. This ... More


Moby-Dick and the Opposite of Providence

Maurice S. Lee

in Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797578
eISBN:
9780199932412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797578.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Chapter two shows how chance destabilizes conventional discussions of fate and free will. Beginning with a deeply historicized account of theological and philosophical denials of chance, the chapter ... More


The Palm-Tree Shall Grow

Neil Rennie

in Far-Fetched Facts: The Literature of Travel and the Idea of the South Seas

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186274
eISBN:
9780191674471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186274.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

The Lucy Ann sailed from Sydney on February 1842 for whales in the Pacific Ocean, and lost eight of its crew and its second mate on the island of Tahuata in the Marquesas, where they deserted in ... More


The Prospects for Fiction: Male Romantic Novelists and Women’s Social Reality

Sylvia Jenkins Cook

in Working Women, Literary Ladies: The Industrial Revolution and Female Aspiration

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195327809
eISBN:
9780199870547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327809.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter looks at three male novelists who emerged from the romantic movement in America: Sylvester Judd, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville. In contrast to the majority of the Dial's ... More


Variations on Nature: From the Old Manse to the White Whale

John Gatta

in Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195165050
eISBN:
9780199835140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165055.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Among the divergent forms of nature writing that flourished in nineteenth-century America, the “Old Manse” preface by Hawthorne reflects a distinctive mood of contentment about the author’s residence ... More


Doubting If Doubt Itself Be Doubting: After Moby-Dick

Maurice S. Lee

in Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797578
eISBN:
9780199932412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797578.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter shows how Melville continued to explore chance after Moby-Dick, especially as Pierre and “Bartleby, the Scrivener” take up the challenge up moral action under conditions of causal ... More


Introduction

Giles Gunn

in A Historical Guide to Herman Melville

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195142822
eISBN:
9780199850297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142822.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

One of the best words to describe Herman Melville's reputation, especially among other American writers, is colossus for he has been able to contribute in no small part to the classic literature of ... More


Unearthing Pierre

Paul Grimstad

in Experience and Experimental Writing: Literary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199874071
eISBN:
9780199345465
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks at how Melville reacted to reviews for Moby-Dick by adding pages to the finished manuscript of Pierre, and considers Melville’s use of allegory. It also looks in detail at ... More


Moby-Dick: Chapters 1 – 135

George Cotkin

in Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199855735
eISBN:
9780190252885
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199855735.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter presents Chapters 1–135 of Moby-Dick, beginning with the opening line “Call Me Ishmael” that introduces readers to the narrator and his story about the White Whale and Captain Ahab. The ... More


Love's Whipping Boy: Violence and Sentimentality in the American Imagination

Elizabeth Barnes

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834565
eISBN:
9781469603346
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877968_barnes
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Working to reconcile the Christian dictum to “love one's neighbor as oneself” with evidence of U.S. sociopolitical aggression, including slavery, corporal punishment of children, and Indian removal, ... More


Was Billy Black? Herman Melville and the Captive King

in On Lingering and Being Last: Race and Sovereignty in the New World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229406
eISBN:
9780823240982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823229406.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature

Melville summarizes a figurative tradition begun with Behn and continued in the work of Equiano. He circulates the figure of the black sovereign — in Daggoo, in Atufal, in a certain “black pagod” ... More


“Some Things Which Could Never Have Happened”

Catherine Toal

in The Entrapments of Form

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823269341
eISBN:
9780823269396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823269341.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The numerous interpretations of Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno show a sharp divide between nervousness about the apparent racism of its representation of rebelling slaves (inferred from its emphasis ... More


Taxonomies

Colin Dayan

in The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691070919
eISBN:
9781400838592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691070919.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter describes how Herman Melville recognized the existence of what he had once called not “ordinarily human”: the chattels that gave new meaning to persons, the human anomaly constituted by ... More


 The Romantic Era: Emerson's Churches of One

Matthew Mutter

in Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Iminent Secularization from the Puritans to Postmodernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195342536
eISBN:
9780199867042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342536.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses Ralph Waldo Emerson's prophetic announcement of both the decay of orthodox, institutional religion and the ascent of a solitary spirituality founded upon the intuition of the ... More


The Heart Ruled Out: Melville's Palinode

Caleb Crain

in American Sympathy: Men, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083323
eISBN:
9780300133677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083323.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines Herman Melville's Billy Budd. It argues that that Billy Budd fits well as the capstone to the earlier sentimental configuration that this book has been describing—that is, as a ... More


Melville's Fraternal Melancholies

Elizabeth Barnes

in Love's Whipping Boy: Violence and Sentimentality in the American Imagination

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834565
eISBN:
9781469603346
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877968_barnes.6
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter shows how Herman Melville pursues a theme recurrent throughout his fiction: that of the suffering of politically, socially, and emotionally vulnerable white men. In White-Jacket, or The ... More


Whipscars and Tattoos: The Last of the Mohicans, Moby-Dick, and the Maori

Geoffrey Sanborn

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199751693
eISBN:
9780199894819
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751693.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, World Literature

This book combines history, biography, and close reading to produce radically new interpretations of two of the most important novels in American history. After an introductory chapter ... More


Love and Death in the American Pacific: Myth versus History in the Melville Revival

Heidi Kim

in Invisible Subjects: Asian America in Postwar Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780190456252
eISBN:
9780190456276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456252.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The Melville Revival of the 1950s, by critics of varied political persuasions, reinstated Herman Melville as one of the most important American authors. As many modern critics have discussed, these ... More


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