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/ Theatricality, Strangeness, and Democracy in Melville's Confidence-Man

Jennifer Greiman

in Democracy's Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823230990
eISBN:
9780823241156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823230990.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

In an unpublished manuscript fragment composed sometime in 1856, which may or may not have been intended as a chapter for The Confidence-Man, Herman Melville offers a brief sketch of a shifting, ... More


Counterfeiting Confidence: The Problem of Trust in the Age of Contract

Susanna L. Blumenthal

in Power, Prose, and Purse: Law, Literature, and Economic Transformations

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190873455
eISBN:
9780190873486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190873455.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Taking Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man (1857) as a point of departure, this essay explores the perils of trusting too much or too little in the representations of strangers in a burgeoning ... More


Philanthropic Taste: Race and Character in Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man

James B. Salazar

in Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded Age America

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814741306
eISBN:
9780814786536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814741306.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter explores the racializing dynamics of the rhetoric of character in Herman Melville's last completed novel, The Confidence-Man: Man: His Masquerade (1857). The Confidence-Man charts the ... More


Slit Throats in Melville

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/9780226294155.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

The tension between pressure on free speech, a position Melville reluctantly endorsed, and passionate belief produced an array of responses in the novelist, from the self-expurgation of Typee through ... More


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