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The Errant Art Of Moby Dick

The Errant Art of Moby Dick PDF
Author: William V. Spanos
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822315995
Size: 51.39 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 374
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In The Errant Art of "Moby-Dick," one of America’s most distinguished critics reexamines Melville’s monumental novel and turns the occasion into a meditation on the history and implications of canon formation. In Moby-Dick—a work virtually ignored and discredited at the time of its publication—William V. Spanos uncovers a text remarkably suited as a foundation for a "New Americanist" critique of the ideology based on Puritan origins that was codified in the canon established by "Old Americanist" critics from F. O. Matthiessen to Lionel Trilling. But Spanos also shows, with the novel still as his focus, the limitations of this "New Americanist" discourse and its failure to escape the totalizing imperial perspective it finds in its predecessor. Combining Heideggerian ontology with a sociopolitical perspective derived primarily from Foucault, the reading of Moby-Dick that forms the center of this book demonstrates that the traditional identification of Melville’s novel as a "romance" renders it complicitous in the discourse of the Cold War. At the same time, Spanos shows how New Americanist criticism overlooks the degree to which Moby-Dick anticipates not only America’s self-representation as the savior of the world against communism, but also the emergent postmodern and anti-imperial discourse deployed against such an image. Spanos’s critique reveals the extraordinary relevance of Melville’s novel as a post-Cold War text, foreshadowing not only the self-destructive end of the historical formation of the American cultural identity in the genocidal assault on Vietnam, but also the reactionary labeling of the current era as "the end of history." This provocative and challenging study presents not only a new view of the development of literary history in the United States, but a devastating critique of the genealogy of ideology in the American cultural establishment.

Herman Melville And The American Calling

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Author: William V. Spanos
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791475645
Size: 16.30 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 280
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Argues that Herman Melville’s later work anticipates the resurgence of an American exceptionalist ethos underpinning the U.S.-led global “war on terror.”

The Exceptionalist State And The State Of Exception

The Exceptionalist State and the State of Exception PDF
Author: William V. Spanos
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801899346
Size: 43.76 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 232
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The Exceptionalist State and the State of Exception illustrates that Melville, in his own time, was aware of the negative consequences of the deeply inscribed exceptionalist American identity and recognized the essential domestic and foreign policy issues that inform the country’s national security program today.

Herman Melville S Moby Dick

Herman Melville s Moby Dick PDF
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 0791093638
Size: 40.38 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
Languages : en
Pages : 246
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Eleven critical essays examine the symbolism, philosophy, and themes in Moby-Dick.

Critical Companion To Herman Melville

Critical Companion to Herman Melville PDF
Author: Carl Edmund Rollyson
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438108478
Size: 71.52 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Authors, American
Languages : en
Pages : 394
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Examines the life and writings of Herman Melville including detailed synopses of his works in a variety of genres, explanations of literary terms, biographies of friends and family, social and historical influences, and more.

Uncertain Chances

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Author: Maurice S. Lee
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199985812
Size: 51.75 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 256
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Maurice Lee's study illustrates how writers such as Poe, Melville, Douglass, Thoreau, Dickinson, and others participated in a broad intellectual and cultural shift in which Americans increasingly learned to live with the threatening and wonderful possibilities of chance.

Handbook Of The American Novel Of The Nineteenth Century

Handbook of the American Novel of the Nineteenth Century PDF
Author: Christine Gerhardt
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110481324
Size: 67.26 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 584
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This handbook offers students and researchers a compact introduction to the nineteenth-century American novel in the light of current debates, theoretical concepts, and critical methodologies. The volume turns to the nineteenth century as a formative era in American literary history, a time that saw both the rise of the novel as a genre, and the emergence of an independent, confident American culture. A broad range of concise essays by European and American scholars demonstrates how some of America‘s most well-known and influential novels responded to and participated in the radical transformations that characterized American culture between the early republic and the age of imperial expansion. Part I consists of 7 systematic essays on key historical and critical frameworks ― including debates aboutrace and citizenship, transnationalism, environmentalism and print culture, as well as sentimentalism, romance and the gothic, realism and naturalism. Part II provides 22 essays on individual novels, each combining an introduction to relevant cultural contexts with a fresh close reading and the discussion of critical perspectives shaped by literary and cultural theory.

Melville Among The Philosophers

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Author: Corey McCall
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498536751
Size: 42.32 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Philosophy
Languages : en
Pages : 252
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This book is aimed at both philosophers and scholars of American literature who wish to reexamine the philosophical depth of Melville’s writings. Contributions deal with various philosophical aspects of Melville’s work, including well-known texts such as Moby-Dick as well as lesser-known works such as Pierre, “The Encantadas,” and Clarel.

Melville S Anatomies

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Author: Samuel Otter
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520205820
Size: 70.68 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 369
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"What Otter has done better than most contemporary readers of Melville is to bring Melville's obsession with rhetoric and with authorship into alignment with those political issues and to capture fully the context of Melville's concerns."—Priscilla Wald, author of Constituting Americans

Quotation Marks

Quotation Marks PDF
Author: Marjorie Garber
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134955316
Size: 37.56 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Literary Collections
Languages : en
Pages : 328
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Written with characteristic verve, Quotation Marks considers, among other subjects, how we depend upon the most quotable men and women in history, using great writers to bolster what we ourselves have to say. The entertaining turns and reversals of Marjorie Garber's arguments offer the rare pleasure of a true essayist.

Herman Melville

Herman Melville PDF
Author: Wyn Kelley
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470693274
Size: 70.85 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 248
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This unique introduction explores Herman Melville as he described himself in Billy Budd-"a writer whom few know." Moving beyond the recurring depiction of Melville as the famous author of Moby-Dick, this book traces his development as a writer while providing the basic tools for successful critical reading of his novels. Offers a brief introduction to Melville, covering all his major works Showcases Melville's writing process through his correspondence with Nathaniel Hawthorne Provides a clear sense of Melville's major themes and preoccupations Focuses on Typee, Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd in individual chapters Includes a biography, summary of key works, interpretation, commentary, and an extensive bibliography.

Blood

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Author: Gil Anidjar
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231167202
Size: 64.98 MB
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Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 560
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Blood, in Gil AnidjarÕs argument, maps the singular history of Christianity. A category for historical analysis, blood can be seen through its literal and metaphorical uses as determining, sometimes even defining, Western culture, politics, and social practices and their wide-ranging incarnations in nationalism, capitalism, and law. Engaging with a variety of sources, Anidjar explores the presence and the absence, the making and unmaking of blood in philosophy and medicine, law and literature, and economic and political thought, from ancient Greece to medieval Spain, from the Bible to Shakespeare and Melville. The prevalence of blood in the social, juridical, and political organization of the modern West signals that we do not live in a secular age into which religion could return. Flowing across multiple boundaries, infusing them with violent precepts that we must address, blood undoes the presumed oppositions between religion and politics, economy and theology, and kinship and race. It demonstrates that what we think of as modern is in fact imbued with Christianity. Christianity, Blood fiercely argues, must be reconsidered beyond the boundaries of religion alone.

A Companion To Herman Melville

A Companion to Herman Melville PDF
Author: Wyn Kelley
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119045274
Size: 44.11 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 616
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In a series of 35 original essays, this companion demonstrates the relevance of Melville’s works in the twenty-first century. Presents 35 original essays by scholars from around the world, representing a range of different approaches to Melville Considers Melville in a global context, and looks at the impact of global economies and technologies on the way people read Melville Takes account of the latest and most sophisticated scholarship, including postcolonial and feminist perspectives Locates Melville in his cultural milieu, revising our views of his politics on race, gender and democracy Reveals Melville as a more contemporary writer than his critics have sometimes assumed

Art History And Postwar Fiction

Art  History  and Postwar Fiction PDF
Author: Kevin Brazil
Publisher: Oxford English Monographs
ISBN: 0198824459
Size: 22.26 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Category : Art
Languages : en
Pages : 208
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Art, History, and Postwar Fiction explores the ways in which novelists responded to the visual arts from the aftermath of the Second World War to the present day. If art had long served as a foil to enable novelists to reflect on their craft, this book argues that in the postwar period, novelists turned to the visual arts to develop new ways of conceptualizing the relationship between literature and history. The sense that the novel was becalmed in the end of history was pervasive in the postwar decades. In seeming to bring modernism to a climax whilst repeating its foundational gestures, visual art also raised questions about the relationship between continuity and change in the development of art. In chapters on Samuel Beckett, William Gaddis, John Berger, and W. G. Sebald, and shorter discussions of writers like Doris Lessing, Kathy Acker, and Teju Cole, this book shows that writing about art was often a means of commenting on historical developments of the period: the Cold War, the New Left, the legacy of the Holocaust. Furthermore, it argues that forms of postwar visual art, from abstraction to the readymade, offered novelists ways of thinking about the relationship between form and history that went beyond models of reflection or determination. By doing so, this book also argues that attention to interactions between literature and art can provide critics with new ways to think about the relationship between literature and history beyond reductive oppositions between formalism and historicism, autonomy and context.

Handsomely Done

Handsomely Done PDF
Author: Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810139758
Size: 67.65 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 264
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Handsomely Done: Aesthetics, Politics, and Media after Melville brings together leading and emerging scholars from comparative literature, critical theory, and media studies to examine Melville’s works in light of their ongoing afterlife and seemingly permanent contemporaneity. The volume explores the curious fact that the works of this most linguistically complex and seemingly most “untranslatable” of authors have yielded such compelling translations and adaptations as well as the related tendency of Melville’s writing to flash into relevance at every new historical-political conjuncture. The volume thus engages not only Melville reception across media (Jorge Luis Borges, John Huston, Jean-Luc Godard, Led Zeppelin, Claire Denis) but also the Melvillean resonances and echoes of various political events and movements, such as the Attica uprising, the Red Army Faction, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter. This consideration of Melville’s afterlife opens onto theorizations of intermediality, un/translatability, and material intensity even as it also continually faces the most concrete and pressing questions of history and politics.

Herman Melville

Herman Melville PDF
Author: Corey Evan Thompson
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476642710
Size: 72.83 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 243
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This reference work covers both Herman Melville's life and writings. It includes a biography and detailed information on his works, on the important themes contained therein, and on the significant people and places in his life. The appendices include suggestions for further reading of both literary and cultural criticism, an essay on Melville's lasting cultural influence, and information on both the fictional ships in his works and the real-life ones on which he sailed.