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The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville
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  • Page extent: 328 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.438 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 813/.3
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PS2387 .C28 1998
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Melville, Herman,--1819-1891--Criticism and interpretation
    • Postmodernism (Literature)
    • Literature and science
    • Literature, Modern--20th century--History and criticism

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521555715 | ISBN-10: 052155571X)

The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville is intended to provide a critical introduction to Melville's work. The essays have been specially commissioned for this volume, and provide a comprehensive overview of Melville's career. All of Melville's key works, including Moby-Dick, Typee, White Jacket, The Tambourine in Glory and The Confidence Man, are examined, as well as most of his poetry and short fiction. Written at a level both challenging and accessible, the volume provides fresh perspectives on one of the most significant writers of nineteenth-century America whose work continues to fascinate readers and stimulate new study.

• All essays newly commissioned for this volume • Comprehensive coverage of his career as novelist, short-story writer, and poet • Provides thorough, up-to-date bibliography • Applies a range of modern theories to one of the most important American writers of the nineteenth century


Chronology; 1. Introduction Robert S. Levine; 2. 'Race' in Typee and White-Jacket Samuel Otter; 3. The tambourine in glory: African culture and Melville's art Sterling Stuckey; 4. Moby-Dick as revolution John Bryant; 5. Pierre's Domestic Ambiguities Wyn Kelley; 6. 'A- !': unreadability in The Confidence Man Elizabeth Renker; 7. Melville the poet Lawrence Buell; 8. Melville's travelling God Jenny Franchot; 9. Melville and sexuality Robert K. Martin; 10. Melville, labor, and the discourses of reception Cindy Weinstein; 11. 'Bewildering Intertanglement': Melville's engagement with British culture Paul Giles; 12. Afterword Andrew Delbanco.


'Recommended for all libraries collecting materials on the seminal writers of nineteenth-century America.' Reference Reviews


Robert S. Levine, Samuel Otter, Sterling Stuckey, John Bryant, Wyn Kelley, Elizabeth Renker, Lawrence Buell, Jenny Franchot, Robert K. Martin, Cindy Weinstein, Paul Giles, Andrew Delbanco

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