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- DescriptionIn fascinating new contextual readings of four of Herman Melville's vels - Typee, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick, and Pierre-Samuel. Otter delves into Melville's exorbitant prose to show how he anatomizes ideology, making it palpable and strange. Otter portrays Melville as deeply concerned with issues of race, the body, gender, sentiment, and national identity. He articulates a range of contemporary texts (narratives of travelers, seamen, and slaves; racial and aesthetic treatises; fiction; poetry; and essays) in order to flesh out Melville's discursive world. Otter presents Melville's works as 'inside narratives' offering material analyses of consciousness. Chapters center on the tattooed faces in Typee, the flogged bodies in White-Jacket, the scrutinized heads in Moby-Dick, and the desiring eyes and eloquent, constricted hearts of Pierre. Otter shows how Melville's books tell of the epic quest to kw the secrets of the human body. Rather than dismiss contemporary beliefs about race, self, and nation, Melville inhabits them, ackwledging their appeal and examining their sway. Meticulously researched and brilliantly argued, this groundbreaking study links Melville's words to his world and presses the relations between discourse and ideology. It will deeply influence all future studies of Melville and his work.
- Author BiographySamuel Otter is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Author(s)Samuel Otter
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication17/02/1999
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note23 black-and-white illustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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