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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


The Nineteenth-Century Canon: Hidden in Plain Sight

Michael T. Gilmore

in Surface and Depth: The Quest for Legibility in American Culture

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195157765
eISBN:
9780199787784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157765.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter considers some of the classics of 19th-century American literature: Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Melville’s Moby-Dick, Thoreau’s Walden, and James’s The American. These canonical ... 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


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


Fast-Fish and the Temple of the Philistines

Reeve Huston

in Land and Freedom: Rural Society, Popular Protest, and Party Politics in Antebellum New York

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195136005
eISBN:
9780199848782
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136005.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter begins with a passage from Herman Melville, published in 1851, which offers a painful insight into the politics and economy of his era. Regarding property in human beings, the law of ... More


Chapter Four: Melville's Furious Life

Geoffrey Sanborn

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199751693
eISBN:
9780199894819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751693.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, World Literature

This final chapter argues that the crucial quality that Queequeg brings to Moby-Dick is the same one that was so powerfully associated with the Maori in general and Te Pehi Kupe in particular: a ... More


Interchapter: Philosopher at the Masthead

Steve Mentz

in Shipwreck Modernity: "Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719"

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780816691036
eISBN:
9781452953571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691036.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Through extracts from “The Mast-Head” chapter of Moby-Dick, this Interchapter considers the intellectual consequences of exchanging land for sea.


Introduction: Interstitial States in the Oceanic Nineteenth Century

Edward Sugden

in Emergent Worlds: Alternative States in Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479899692
eISBN:
9781479843435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479899692.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This introduction provides a synoptic overview of the project as a whole concentrating on how it relates to the crisis of identity in the study of the nineteenth-century Americas that has evolved in ... More


Coda: Ishmael in the Water

Edward Sugden

in Emergent Worlds: Alternative States in Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479899692
eISBN:
9781479843435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479899692.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This coda considers how and why it is that the emergent worlds chronicled in this book have become legible to us now. It seeks to reflect on the contemporary conditions that have made the testimonies ... More


Jefferson's Convulsions: Archiving Logan

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/9780823229406.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature

In this chapter the author focuses on the figure of the captive king led away from what Wai-Chee Dimock has convincingly argued is the dominant racial logic of Moby-Dick, namely, the fate linking ... More


Ahab and Becoming-Whale: The Nomadic Subject in Smooth Space

Tamsin Lorraine

in Deleuze and Space

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748618743
eISBN:
9780748671762
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618743.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter explores the alternative conception of space that emerges in the concepts of heterogeneous blocks of space-time and smooth space which are outlined by Deleuze and Guattari in their A ... More


Wisdom of the Heart: The Human Encounter with God in Pensées and Moby-Dick

Kim Paffenroth

in The Experience of God: A Postmodern Response

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823225187
eISBN:
9780823237135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823225187.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This concluding chapter links together Blaise Pascal's Pensées, conceived in the years before his death in 1662 and first edited as late as 1844, and Herman Melville's ... 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


Etymology: (Supplied by a Late Consumptive Usher to a Grammar School)

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/9780199855735.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter explains the etymology of some words associated with Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick, which was first published in England as The Whale in October 1851 by Richard Bentley. In November ... More


Extracts: (Supplied by a Sub-Sub-Librarian)

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/9780199855735.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter presents extracts from various sources relating to Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick, including quotations by Fitz-James O'Brien, W. Clark Russell, Donald G. Mitchell, Archibald ... More


Epilogue

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/9780199855735.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This epilogue focuses on “Bob Dylan's 115th Dream,” a song composed and recorded by Bob Dylan. It compares Dylan with Ishmael, the narrator and the only survivor in the Herman Melville novel ... More


The Uneven Balance: Dialectical Terror in Moby-Dick

Paul hurh

in American Terror: The Feeling of Thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780804791144
eISBN:
9780804794510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791144.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter argues that the terror of Moby-Dick dramatizes the logical paradoxes of a meta-dialectical method. It introduces a study of the influence of Melville’s close friend, George Adler, a ... More


Thinking about Melville, Religion, and Machines That Think

John Lardas Modern

in Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823249800
eISBN:
9780823252480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823249800.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter demonstrates that the concept of feedback—as a technological condition, historical ontology, and theoretical frame—challenges traditional ways of conceiving of religion and writing its ... More


The American Classics: A Personal Essay

Denis Donoghue

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300107814
eISBN:
9780300133783
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300107814.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

How is a classic book to be defined? How much time must elapse before a work may be judged a “classic”? And among all the works of American literature, which deserve the designation? This book ... 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


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