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Tattoos in Typee: Rethinking Melville’s “Cultural Grotesque”

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/9780816677061.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the notion of Polynesian tattooing in antebellum maritime narratives. Native peoples’ systems of tattooing have provoked the imaginations of readers various kinds of ... More


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