University of California Press, 1999 M03 5 - 418 páginas
In fascinating new contextual readings of four of Herman Melville's novels—Typee, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick, and Pierre—Samuel Otter delves into Melville's exorbitant prose to show how he anatomizes ideology, making it palpable and strange. Otter portrays Melville as deeply concerned with issues of race, the body, gender, sentiment, and national identity. He articulates a range of contemporary texts (narratives of travelers, seamen, and slaves; racial and aesthetic treatises; fiction; poetry; and essays) in order to flesh out Melville's discursive world.
Otter presents Melville's works as "inside narratives" offering material analyses of consciousness. Chapters center on the tattooed faces in Typee, the flogged bodies in White-Jacket, the scrutinized heads in Moby-Dick, and the desiring eyes and eloquent, constricted hearts of Pierre. Otter shows how Melville's books tell of the epic quest to know the secrets of the human body. Rather than dismiss contemporary beliefs about race, self, and nation, Melville inhabits them, acknowledging their appeal and examining their sway.
Meticulously researched and brilliantly argued, this groundbreaking study links Melville's words to his world and presses the relations between discourse and ideology. It will deeply influence all future studies of Melville and his work.
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Jumping out of Ones Skin in WhiteJacket
SHIP STATE AND BODY
THE SCENE OF FLOGGING IN DOUGLASS PENNINGTON AND NORTHUP
THE ANALOGY WITH SLAVERY IN LEECH MCNALLY BROWNE AND DANA
NATURAL FEATURES AND NATIONAL CHARACTER
THOMAS COLE AND THE VISUAL EMBRACE
NATHANIEL PARKER WILLIS AND THE TASTE FOR SCENERY
SUSAN COOPER AND THE PERSISTENCE OF VISION
MELVILLES CLOGGED OPTICS
Inscribed Hearts in Pierre
THE HEART ON THE PAGE
DONALD GRANT MITCHELLS TREATISES CONCERNING THE SENTIMENTAL AFFECTIONS
Getting inside Heads in MobyDick
SAMUEL GEORGE MORTON AND THE QUEST FOR CRANIAL CONTENTS
THE LAWS OF ANATOMY IN ANTEBELLUM ETHNOLOGY
THE ETHNOLOGICAL CRITIQUES OF DOUGLASS BROWN AND APESS
CETOLOGY AND ETHNOLOGY IN MOBYDICK
TO LOOK AND TO KNOW
Penetrating Eyes in Pierre
FANNY FERNS EMOTIONAL INVESTMENTS
THE STRANGLING DIASTOLE AND SYSTOLE OF PIERRE
After the Anatomies
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Página 96 - And we Americans are the peculiar, chosen people — the Israel of our time ; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world.
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Página 135 - All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it.
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