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Whipscars and tattoos : The last of the Mohicans, Moby-Dick, and the Māori

Author: Geoffrey Sanborn
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Whipscars and Tattoos, Geoffrey Sanborn dramatically transforms the standard interpretations of two of the most important novels in American literary history. On the basis of original scholarship showing that Magua, the supposed villain of The Last of the Mohicans, and Queequeg, the supposed emblem of love in Moby-Dick, are based on Maori chiefs, Sanborn argues that each character is, above all else, an  Read more...
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Named Person: James Fenimore Cooper; James Fenimore Cooper; James Fenimore Cooper; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; James Fenimore Cooper
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Sanborn
ISBN: 9780199751693 0199751692
OCLC Number: 624045233
Notes: "Māori biographies cross-fertilize with readings of American novels"--Jacket flap.
Description: xv, 184 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: grand, ungodly, godlike men --
Te Aara's scars --
Cooper's death song --
Te Pehi Kupe's Moko --
Melville's furious life --
Index.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Sanborn.

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Through careful historical research, Geoffrey Sanborn reveals how both James Fenimore Cooper and Herman Melville relied heavily on contemporary accounts of the indigenous natives of New Zealand, the  Read more...

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Adds substantially to our knowledge about Melville's possible reading and sources. * Resources for American Literary Study * Fascinating...Specialists will appreciate Sanborn's detailed notes, and Read more...

 
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