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Title The new Melville studies / edited by Cody Marrs
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2019
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Description 1 online resource (260 pages)
Series Twenty-First Century Critical Revisions
Twenty-First Century Critical Revisions
Contents Cover; Half-title page; Series page; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Notes on Contributors; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations for Texts Cited; Chapter 1 Introduction: Melville Studies, Old and New; Part I Feeling with Melville; Chapter 2 Paranoid Reading, Surface Pleasures, and Deadpan Humor in The Confidence-Man; Chapter 3 Melville and His Flowers; Chapter 4 Pip and the Sounds of Blackness in Moby-Dick; Chapter 5 Melville after Secularism; Chapter 6 Marginal States: Herman Melville in the Marquesas, 1842; Part II Thinking with Melville; Chapter 7 Perfectionist Pierre
Chapter 8 The Confidence-Man between GenresChapter 9 Melville's Style; Chapter 10 Melville and the Conceits of Theory; Chapter 11 Billy Budd: Pessimism for Post-Critique; Chapter 12 Melville, Mardi, and Materialism; Chapter 13 Popular Networks in Melville's Battle-Pieces; Chapter 14 The Biographical Re-Turn: Writing Melville Biography and the Example of Women; Chapter 15 Afterword: "New," "Old," and "With"; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index
Summary What does Melville studies look like after a phase of intense critical activity? This book addresses that question by analyzing Melville as a writer who was keenly interested in the pleasures, limits, and possibilities of various reading practices. It collects and assesses all of the major new trends in Melville studies. Essays, written by some of the leading scholars in the field, test out emerging critical methods. They explore Melville's centrality to American literary studies and consider the full range of Melville's career, connecting his poetry to his prose. This collection re-imagines Melville as a theorist as well as a writer, approaching his works as philosophical forms in their own right. It shows how scholars are changing Melville studies not only by re-orienting the texts upon which those studies are based, but also by incorporating new approaches that unsettle prior assumptions and interpretive claims
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, April 1, 2019)
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Subject Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Criticism and interpretation
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Marrs, Cody, editor
ISBN 1108752896 (electronic bk.)
9781108752893 (electronic bk.)