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Melville and repose : the rhetoric of humor in the American Renaissance

Author: John Bryant
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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Bryant's book is a strong and significant argument for the centrality of humour in Melville's novels. The purpose of Melville and Repose is dual: to ground the uses of humour in Melville in sensitive readings of contemporaneous European and American writings, and to offer a definitive account of humour as the shaping force of Melville's narrative voice for the duration of his literary career. Bryant argues that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Humor
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Bryant, John, 1949-
Melville and repose.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
(DLC) 92046150
Named Person: Herman Melville; Herman Melville
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Bryant
ISBN: 142940762X 9781429407625 1280526394 9781280526398
OCLC Number: 252591019
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 312 pages)
Contents: A great intellect in repose --
America's repose --
The example of Irving --
Playing along : American and the rhetoric of deceit --
E.A. Poe and T.B. Thorpe : two models for deceit --
The genial misanthrope : Melville and the cosmopolitan ideal --
The anxieties of humor --
Typee in manuscript --
Tommo's rhetoric of deceit --
Ishmael : sounding the repose of If --
Ahab : personifying the impersonal --
Melville's comedy of doubt --
Comic debates : the use of cosmopolite.
Responsibility: John Bryant.
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