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In an unpublished manuscript fragment composed sometime in 1856, which may or may not have been intended as a chapter for The Confidence-Man, Herman Melville offers a brief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


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


“Graft Is the Worst Form of Despotism”: Swindlers, Commercial Culture, and the Deceivable Self

Michael Pettit

in The Science of Deception: Psychology and Commerce in America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226923741
eISBN:
9780226923758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226923758.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explores the attempts to compare the confidence man (con man) to corporate enterprise and political corruption. The con man remains a powerful cultural symbol, as he brought to the fore ... More


American Comédie

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/9781942954231.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

After several years as a writer of short fiction, during a time when Balzac was receiving increasing reader attention and realism was beginning to change its responses in America to the changes of ... 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


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


Wagering in Lives: The Life Insurance Speculators

in Calculating Promises: The Emergence of Modern American Contract Doctrine

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804753982
eISBN:
9780804768054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804753982.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Legal History

In 1898, John Ashton declared that “theoretically,” insurance is “gambling proper.” Ashton views “innocence” in a way that does not distance insurance from the taint of gambling, but merely puts it ... More


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