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Melville's Clarel and the intersympathy of creeds

Melville's Clarel and the intersympathy of creeds

Author: William Potter
Publisher: Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Clarel, an 18,000-line poem, is one of the longest examples of the "faith-doubt" genre that arose in Victorian times and one that has largely been ignored by Melville critics. Author William Potter argues that Melville's poem Clarel is actually a study in comparative religion - one that explores faith in the post-Darwinian age. It was written at a crossroads in Western thought, when science, technology,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Potter, William, 1955-
Melville's Clarel and the intersympathy of creeds.
Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, ©2004
Named Person: Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; 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 Potter
ISBN: 087338797X 9780873387972
OCLC Number: 54082275
Description: xxii, 240 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Clarel in the nineteenth century --
1. Clarel and nineteenth-century comparative religion --
2. Melville as comparative religionist --
3. Nineteenth-century comparative religion and the evolutionary model --
4. Manifest destiny and the "American religion" --
5. Protestantism, science, and democracy in Clarel --
6. Beginnings : the Protestant problem --
pt. 2. Comparative religious patterns in Clarel --
7. "Jerusalem" --
8. "The wilderness" and "Mar Saba" --
9. "Bethlehem" --
pt. 3. world's religions in Clarel --
10. Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism --
11. Judaism and Christianity.
Responsibility: William Potter.
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In Melville's Clarel and the Intersympathy of Creeds, Potter examines the poem within this historical context and by so doing attempts to solve some of the issues that critics have asserted the poem  Read more...


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