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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


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