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Herman Melville and the American calling : the fiction after Moby-Dick, 1851-1857

Author: William V Spanos
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Oriented by the new Americanist perspective, this book constitutes a rereading of Herman Melville's most prominent fiction after Moby-Dick. In contrast to prior readings of this fiction, William V. Spanos's interpretation takes as its point of departure the theme of spectrality precipitated by the metaphor of orphanage - disaffiliation from the symbolic fatherland, on the one hand, and the myth of American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William V Spanos
ISBN: 9780791475638 0791475638
OCLC Number: 182573570
Description: xiv, 280 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Melville's specter : an introduction --
Pierre's extraordinary emergency : Melville and the "voice of silence" --
Herman Melville's Israel Potter : reflections on a damaged life --
"Benito Cereno" and "Bartleby, the scrivener" : reflections on the American calling. "Benito Cereno" : the "vision" of American exceptionalism --
"Bartleby, the scrivener : a wall-street story" : Melville's politics of refusal --
Cavilers and con men : The confidence-man : his masquerade --
American confidence in the age of globalization : Melville's witness.
Responsibility: William V. Spanos.
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"Oriented by the new Americanist perspective, this book constitutes a rereading of Herman Melville's most prominent fiction after Moby-Dick. In contrast to prior readings of this fiction, William V. Spanos's interpretation takes as its point of departure the theme of spectrality precipitated by the metaphor of orphanage - disaffiliation from the symbolic fatherland, on the one hand, and the myth of American exceptionalism on the other - that emerged as an abiding motif in Melville's creative imagination. This book voices an original argument about Melville's status as an "American" writer, and foregrounds Melville's remarkable anticipation and critique of the exceptionalism that continues to drive American policy in the post-9/11 era."--Jacket.

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