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Melville and the Theme of Boredom
     

Melville and the Theme of Boredom

by Daniel Paliwoda
 

Boredom is a prevalent theme in Herman Melville’s works. Rather than a passing fancy or a device for drawing attention to the action that also permeates his work, boredom is central to the writings, the author argues. He contends that in Melville’s mature work, especially Moby Dick, boredom presents itself as an insidious presence in the lives of

Overview

Boredom is a prevalent theme in Herman Melville’s works. Rather than a passing fancy or a device for drawing attention to the action that also permeates his work, boredom is central to the writings, the author argues. He contends that in Melville’s mature work, especially Moby Dick, boredom presents itself as an insidious presence in the lives of Melville’s characters, until it matures from being a mere killer of time into a killer of souls.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786441549
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/17/2009
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Paliwoda is an assistant professor of composition, literature and cultural studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He lives in Floral Park, New York.

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