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The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville

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Robert S. Levine, Geoffrey Sanborn, Hester Blum, Jennifer Greiman, Jeannine Marie DeLombard, Samuel Otter, Wyn Kelley, Graham Thompson, Maurice S. Lee, Elizabeth Renker, Gregg Crane, Michael Snediker, Elisa Tamarkin, Timothy Marr, John Bryant, Christopher Castiglia
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  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107687912

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  • The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville provides timely, critical essays on Melville's classic works. The essays have been specially commissioned for this volume and provide a complete overview of Melville's career. Melville's major novels are discussed, along with a range of his short fiction and poetry, including neglected works ripe for rediscovery. The volume includes essays on such new topics as Melville and oceanic studies, Melville and animal studies, and Melville and the planetary, along with a number of essays that focus on form and aesthetics. Written at a level both challenging and accessible, this New Companion brings together a team of leading international scholars to offer students of American literature the most comprehensive introduction available to Melville's art.

    • Includes fifteen short, lively essays from international Melville scholars on a range of established and fast-growing areas of American literary studies
    • Features an up-to-date and comprehensive bibliography that includes new digital resources and websites
    • Includes a number of new topics in American literary studies – animal studies, planetary studies, law and literature, oceanic studies
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107687912
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Chronology of Melville's life
    Texts and abbreviations
    Introduction Robert S. Levine
    1. Melville and the nonhuman world Geoffrey Sanborn
    2. Melville and oceanic studies Hester Blum
    3. Democracy and Melville's aesthetics Jennifer Greiman
    4. White-Jacket: telling who is - and ain't - a slave Jeannine Marie DeLombard
    5. Reading Moby-Dick Samuel Otter
    6. Pierre, life history, and the obscure Wyn Kelley
    7. 'Bartleby' and the magazine fiction Graham Thompson
    8. Skepticism and The Confidence-Man Maurice S. Lee
    9. Melville the poet in the postbellum world Elizabeth Renker
    10. Judgment in Billy Budd Gregg Crane
    11. Melville and queerness without character Michael Snediker
    12. Melville with pictures Elisa Tamarkin
    13. Melville's planetary compass Timothy Marr
    14. Wound, beast, revision: versions of the Melville meme John Bryant
    15. Cold war allegories and the politics of criticism Christopher Castiglia
    Selected bibliography

  • Editor

    Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland, College Park
    Robert S. Levine is Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Dislocating Race and Nation (2008) and the editor of a number of volumes, including The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville (1998). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.


    Robert S. Levine, Geoffrey Sanborn, Hester Blum, Jennifer Greiman, Jeannine Marie DeLombard, Samuel Otter, Wyn Kelley, Graham Thompson, Maurice S. Lee, Elizabeth Renker, Gregg Crane, Michael Snediker, Elisa Tamarkin, Timothy Marr, John Bryant, Christopher Castiglia

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