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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


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


The Bartleby Industry and Bartleby’s Idleness

Andrew Lyndon Knighton

in Idle Threats: Men and the Limits of Productivity in Nineteenth Century America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814748909
eISBN:
9780814748916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814748909.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter offers a reading of Herman Melville's short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener” in order to highlight its ruminations about idleness. “Bartleby” focuses on the problem of unproductive ... More


Veerer: Reading Melville’s ‘Bartleby’

Nicholas Royle

in Veering: A Theory of Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748636549
eISBN:
9780748652303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636549.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter provides a reading of Herman Melville's ‘Bartleby’. The concern is with exploring the possibilities of veering at the most general level conceivable, as a sort of unbounded term for ... More


The Death Drive

Anna Katharina Schaffner

in Exhaustion: A History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231172301
eISBN:
9780231538855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172301.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter explores the importance of concepts of energy and exhaustion in Freud's oeuvre, with a focus on his theory of the death drive and the idea that our energies can be used up in internal ... More


Intertext: “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

Michael T. Gilmore

in The War on Words: Slavery, Race, and Free Speech in American Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226294131
eISBN:
9780226294155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226294155.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Melville's short story “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” prefaces the consideration of post-Reconstruction literature. Bartleby, the Scrivener in the story forms a bridge between eras. It is an intertext ... More


To Lose one’s Head: Literature and the Democracy to Come

Sarah Hammerschlag

in Broken Tablets: Levinas, Derrida, and the Literary Afterlife of Religion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231170598
eISBN:
9780231542135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170598.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Shows how Derrida's political thinking developed in relation to his understanding of literature and argues that for Derrida, literature provides a means to call into question the sovereign subject of ... More


Melville: Testimony without Voice

Shari Goldberg

in Quiet Testimony: A Theory of Witnessing from Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254774
eISBN:
9780823261055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254774.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Melville cryptically closes Benito Cereno by emphasizing the “voiceless end” of the slave leader, Babo. On the one hand, the weight of the story, including all of its omissions and oddities, seems to ... More


Presences: autistic difference

in Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310911
eISBN:
9781846314667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314667.004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Social Groups

This chapter presents a discussion of autistic presence. It analyses in detail the system of Leo Kanner. Kanner's clinical method introduced a foundational dimension to the understanding of autism. ... More


Out of the Attic: Gender, Captivity, And Asylum Exposés

in Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226709635
eISBN:
9780226709659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709659.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explores some of the cultural forces and gendered dynamics that contributed to the downfall of the moral treatment movement. Much of the focus is on the successful reform efforts of ... More


Necrophilology

Jacques Lezra

in On the Nature of Marx's Things: Translation as Necrophilology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780823279425
eISBN:
9780823281527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823279425.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter turns to the problem of equivalence posed in Marx's theory of value. It focuses on the ontological contingency at the core of the concept of general equivalence: that because any object, ... More


The Petrified City Antiquity and Modernity in Melville's New York, 1835–1865

in Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226946634
eISBN:
9780226946658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226946658.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Herman Melville's eponymous 1853 short story Bartleby the Scrivener, set in the rising metropolis of New York, includes brief allusions to the ruined cities of the Mediterranean. In the middle years ... More


Contaminating Judgement with its Suspension: Guilt and Punishment in Walter Benjamin, Herman Melville and Henry James

Michael Mack

in Contaminations: "Beyond Dialectics in Modern Literature, Science and Film"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781474411363
eISBN:
9781474418577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411363.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter first discusses how Agamben turns Benjamin’s notion ‘mere life’ into his ever so slightly changed coinage ‘bare life’. Both expressions refer to life as pure material, embodied entity ... More


Allow Me My Destitution

in Postcolonial Asylum: Seeking Sanctuary Before the Law

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846314803
eISBN:
9781846317132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317132.006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Social Groups

This chapter explores the extent to which Giorgio Agamben's theories provide modes of resistance to sovereign power in the asylum regime by focusing on strategies of reading textual and epitextual ... More


Interregnum

Kara Keeling

in Queer Times, Black Futures

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780814748329
eISBN:
9781479841998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814748329.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter begins to explore what Herman Melville’s 1853 “Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” offers to Queer Times, Black Futures.With its setting being Wall Street, New York City,its ... More


The Sonic Bartleby: The Digital Regime of the Image and Musical Speech

Kara Keeling

in Queer Times, Black Futures

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780814748329
eISBN:
9781479841998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814748329.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Basing the discussion on Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener,” this section focuses on the rising significance of sound in the digital regime of the image and what it might do to the norms and ... More


John Barnet and the Materiality of Desire in James Hogg’s Justified Sinner

David Sigler

in Material Transgressions: Beyond Romantic Bodies, Genders, Things

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789621778
eISBN:
9781800341463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789621778.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter examines a neglected scene in James Hogg’s novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, in which the church groundskeeper John Barnet is fired for insubordination. ... More


On the Trail with Melville: Law and Letters in the High Sierra

William Alsup

in American Guy: Masculinity in American Law and Literature

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199331376
eISBN:
9780199394258
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331376.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, World Literature

Two Sierra hiking pals are good mountaineers. One is steeped in literature, and the other, a judge, is in law. On this particular adventure, Melville and Bartleby are examined, and the ensuing ... More


Self-Making Men

Michael Zakim

in Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226977973
eISBN:
9780226545899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226545899.003.0004
Subject:
History, Environmental History

If growing and making things no longer served as the foundation of a stable social order, what was the proper object of man’s prodigious powers of production? The response to this industrial-age ... More


Charged: Debt, Power, and the Politics of the Flesh in Shakespeare’s Merchant, Melville’s Moby-Dick, and Eric Santner’s The Weight of All Flesh

Bonnie Honig

in The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190254087
eISBN:
9780190254117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190254087.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter turns to Melville’s Moby-Dick as a site for thinking about a democratic theory of the flesh. Moving from The Merchant of Venice’s pound of flesh to Moby-Dick’s tons of animal flesh takes ... More


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