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Antebellum at sea : maritime fantasies in nineteenth-century America

Author: Jason Berger
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Focusing on the work of James Fenimore Cooper and Herman Melville, Berger enhances our understanding of how the 19th century negotiated its own tenuous progress by portraying how a wide range of maritime stories lays bare disturbing experiences of the new.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Berger
ISBN: 9780816677061 0816677069 9780816677078 0816677077
OCLC Number: 788268261
Description: x, 338 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Bewitching sea --
Fantasies of the common sailor; or, enjoying the knowing Jack Tar --
Tarrying with the national: fantasizing the subject of state --
Tattoos in Typee: rethinking Melville's "cultural grotesque" --
Melville's porno-tropics: re-sexuating pacific encounters --
The crater and the master's reign: Cooper's "floating imperium" --
The sublime abject of democracy: Melville's "floating imperium" --
Epilogue: Incomplete sea.
Responsibility: Jason Berger.

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Focusing on the work of James Fenimore Cooper and Herman Melville, Berger enhances our understanding of how the 19th century negotiated its own tenuous progress by portraying how a wide range of maritime stories lays bare disturbing experiences of the new.

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