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The Cambridge Introduction to Herman Melville
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Details

  • Page extent: 154 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.38 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 813/.3 B
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PS2386 .H35 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Melville, Herman,--1819-1891--Handbooks, manuals, etc
    • Authors, American--19th century--Biography--Handbooks, manuals, etc

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Contents




Preface Page ix
List of abbreviations xi
 
Chapter 1 Life 1
Chapter 2 Contexts 12
 
The existential context 12
The historical context 13
The urban context 14
The visual context 16
The psychological context 19
The American context 20
The context of labor 21
The context of slavery 22
The world context 23
The imaginative context 23
 
Chapter 3 Writings 25
 
The faces of Typee 27
Omoo: the rover as flaneur 33
Becoming a great writer: Mardi, Redburn, White-Jacket 39
Confronting Moby-Dick 46
Pierre: the making of a tragic hero 60
Private letters 67
Rewriting history: Israel Potter and “Benito Cereno” 74
Modern man: “The Lightning-Rod Man,” The Confidence-Man, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” 81
Battle-Pieces: the voices of war 87
Clarel, an American epic 92
The return to prose: Burgundy Club sketches, John Marr 99
Billy Budd: visions and revisions 105
 
Chapter 4 Reception 112
 
Notes 124
Guide to further reading 130
Index 135

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