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Antebellum at Sea: Maritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America

Jason Berger

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677061
eISBN:
9781452947846
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677061.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In the antebellum years, the Western world’s symbolic realities were expanded and challenged as merchant, military, and scientific activity moved into Pacific and Arctic waters. This book explores ... More


The Crater and the Master’s Reign: Cooper’s “Floating Imperium”

Jason Berger

in Antebellum at Sea: Maritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677061
eISBN:
9781452947846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677061.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines James Fenimore Cooper’s The Crater; or, Vulcan’s Peak: A Tale of the Pacific to discuss antebellum maritime narratives that provoke fantasies, reflecting the transition of ... More


Incomplete Sea

Jason Berger

in Antebellum at Sea: Maritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677061
eISBN:
9781452947846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677061.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter concludes that Herman Melville’s fantasy of violence emphasizes the contestatory and ambiguous political functions of maritime narratives in the antebellum era. These narratives depict ... More


Melville’s “Porno-Tropics”: Re-Sexuating Pacific Encounters

Jason Berger

in Antebellum at Sea: Maritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677061
eISBN:
9781452947846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677061.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter presents three narratives of Herman Melville—Typee: A Romance of the South Seas, Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas, and Mardi and a Voyage Thither—to discuss the fantasmatic elements in ... More


Tarrying with the National: Fantasizing the Subject of State

Jason Berger

in Antebellum at Sea: Maritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677061
eISBN:
9781452947846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677061.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses nation as a subject of maritime narratives. Maritime endeavors play an important role in the nation’s economic, military, and spatial development. Timely national issues within ... More


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