New Essays on Billy Budd

New Essays on Billy Budd

by Donald Yannella, David Ellyard, Wil Tirion
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521428297

ISBN-13: 9780521428293

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Billy Budd is Herman Melville's most read work after Moby-Dick, and it is regularly taught in literature courses of all kinds. Melville wrote the novella during the five years before his death, and it was published posthumously in 1924. The essays collected here investigate Billy Budd in the context of nineteenth-century political and social dynamics and the literary…  See more details below

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Billy Budd is Herman Melville's most read work after Moby-Dick, and it is regularly taught in literature courses of all kinds. Melville wrote the novella during the five years before his death, and it was published posthumously in 1924. The essays collected here investigate Billy Budd in the context of nineteenth-century political and social dynamics and the literary response they provoked, as well as the relevance of mythology and the histories of the classical world and Judaeo-Christian civilization to Melville's book. Also examined are Melville's later writing, including the late poetry; the text's development; and its ambiguities. The collection will prove an invaluable resource for students of this major American writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521428293
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
American Novel Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction1
1Billy Budd and American labor unrest: the case for striking back21
2Religion, myth, and meaning in the art of Billy Budd, Sailor49
3Old man Melville: the rose and the cross83
4Melville's indirection: Billy Budd, the genetic text, and "the deadly space between"114
Select bibliography145
Index148

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