Herman Melville: Moby-Dick: Essays * Articles * Reviews

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick: Essays * Articles * Reviews

by Nick Selby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231115385

ISBN-13: 9780231115384

Pub. Date: 08/04/1999

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The huge range of critical and academic debate about this monster of a novel confirms Moby-Dick's status as a vital and exhilarating exploration of the role of American ideology in defining modern consciousness. This Columbia Critical Guide starts with extracts from Melville's own letters and essays and from early reviews of Moby-Dick that

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The huge range of critical and academic debate about this monster of a novel confirms Moby-Dick's status as a vital and exhilarating exploration of the role of American ideology in defining modern consciousness. This Columbia Critical Guide starts with extracts from Melville's own letters and essays and from early reviews of Moby-Dick that set the terms for later critical evaluations. Subsequent chapters deal with the "Melville Revival" of the 1920s and the novel's central place in the establishment, growth, and reassessment of American Studies in the 1940s and 1950s. The final chapters examine postmodern New Americanist readings of the text, and how these provide new models for thinking about American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231115384
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/04/1999
Series:
Columbia Critical Guides Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.41(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction7
Ch. 1Early Reviews17
Ch. 2The 'Melville Revival'33
Ch. 3The 1940s: Moby-Dick and the 'American Renaissance'51
Ch. 4The 1950s: 'Myth Criticism' and the Growth of American Studies76
Ch. 5Formalist Approaches, Humanist Readings94
Ch. 6Cultural Materialism and 'Reconstructive' Readings115
Ch. 7Deconstructive Reading, 'Post-humanist' Critiques and 'New Americanists'146
Bibliography166

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