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The Queer Afterlife of Billy Budd

Hiram Pérez

in A Taste For Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781479818655
eISBN:
9781479846757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479818655.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

This chapter returns to Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor: An Inside Narrative, acknowledging Eve Sedgwick’s designation of the novella as a foundational text for modern gay male identity. ... 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


The Clue in the Labyrinth

John Haydock

in Melville's Intervisionary Network: Balzac, Hawthorne, and Realism in the American Renaissance

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954231
eISBN:
9781786944153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954231.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

While Melville was composing Billy Budd, Sailor he was reading, according to witnesses, Balzac’s Séraphita, an important mystical Etude Philosophique introduced to him at least by Hawthorne. In it, ... More


“Lines of Stones”: The Unpersonified Impersonal in Melville's Billy Budd

Sharon Cameron

in Impersonality: Seven Essays

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226091310
eISBN:
9780226091334
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226091334.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how character in Herman Melville's novel Billy Budd opens to what lies outside of it—an openness manifested by the fact that character does not seem to be an autonomous or ... More


Salvation at Sea: Britten's Billy Budd

Philip Brett

in Music and Sexuality in Britten: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520246096
eISBN:
9780520939127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520246096.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The association of Britten and E. M. Forster is one of the more interesting in the annals of opera. Britten's opera Albert Herring was dedicated to Forster quite appropriately, for it contains whiffs ... More


“Speak, man!”: Billy Budd in the Crucible of Reconstruction

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/9780226294155.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter provides a speculative reading of Billy Budd in light of the historical currents shaping the culture after the Reconstruction. The interpretation can only be speculative because Herman ... More


Crystal-Queer Economies: Beau travail

Nick Davis

in The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199993161
eISBN:
9780199346387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993161.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Starting from Cinema 2’s contention that money pervades all cinematic images, this chapter examines how Claire Denis’s Beau travail (1999) became visible and marketable as a queer film, and how ... More


What Good Is Innocence?

J. Peter Euben

in In Search of Goodness

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226306834
eISBN:
9780226306858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226306858.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter investigates Euripedes' Bacchae and Herman Melville's Billy Budd. In Bacchae, which expresses the story of the god Dionysus returning to Thebes disguised as a human, initially asking, ... More


Natural Leadership: Billy Budd

Paul Woodruff

in The Garden of Leaders: Revolutionizing Higher Education

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190883645
eISBN:
9780190883676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190883645.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Melville’s Billy Budd is a natural-born leader. People follow him because his moral beauty is evident in his looks and in his behavior, but he does not know how or where to lead them. He is totally ... More


Billy Budd and Melville’s Retirement

Peter Riley

in Whitman, Melville, Crane, and the Labors of American Poetry: Against Vocation

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198836254
eISBN:
9780191878237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198836254.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Poetry

This chapter reassesses biographical and critical accounts of Melville’s exit from the workforce in 1885, examining the vocational vacillations that produced Billy Budd. Melville’s final writings did ... More


The Evil Character

Colin McGinn

in Ethics, Evil, and Fiction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238775
eISBN:
9780191598005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238770.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The Evil Character, e.g. Claggart in Melville's Billy Budd, is one who derives pleasure from other people's pain, and pain from their pleasure. The attraction of Sadism is that, by causing pain, one ... More


Manning Up

Michael Warner

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/9780199331376.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, World Literature

In most forms of masculinity the normativity of manliness is experienced as a demand, a problem, an environment of risk. The tension between ascribed maleness and achieved manliness constantly ... More


Toward the Bouddha chrétien

John Haydock

in Melville's Intervisionary Network: Balzac, Hawthorne, and Realism in the American Renaissance

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954231
eISBN:
9781786944153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954231.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Nearly three decades passed between the stoppage of writing on The Confidence-Man and Melville’s work on Billy Budd, Sailor began in 1885. During that time, particularly after the Civil War, much ... More


In Search of Goodness

Ruth W. Grant (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226306834
eISBN:
9780226306858
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226306858.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

What does a good life look like? How do people become good? Are there multiple, competing possibilities for what counts as a good life, all equally worthy? Or, is there a unified and transcendent ... More


Speaking Melody: Expression is Unvoicing.

Lawrence Kramer

in Expression and Truth: On the Music of Knowledge

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520273955
eISBN:
9780520953840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520273955.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Music associated with words has the capacity to keep on “speaking” them even when the words are absent. The capacity is well known; this chapter develops its implications, which have remained little ... More


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