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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|
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|ISBN:||9780816677061 0816677069 9780816677078 0816677077|
|Description:||x, 338 pages ; 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.
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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