Herman Melville in Context

Herman Melville in Context

by Kevin J. Hayes (Editor)


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Herman Melville in Context provides the fullest introduction in one volume to the multifaceted life and times of Herman Melville, a towering figure in nineteenth-century American and world literature. The book grounds the study of Herman Melville's writings to the world that influenced their composition, publication and recognition, making it a valuable resource to scholars, teachers, students and general readers. Bringing together contributions covering a wide range of topics, the collection of essays covers the geographical, social, cultural and literary contexts of Melville's life and works, as well as its literary reception. Herman Melville in Context will enable readers to approach Melville's writings with fuller insight, and to read and understand them in a way that approximates the way they were read and understood in his time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107169760
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Series: Literature in Context
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Kevin J. Hayes, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma, now lives and writes in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several books, including The Library of William Byrd of Westover (1997), for which he received the Virginia Library History Award presented by the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Center for the Book; Melville's Folk Roots (1999); An American Cycling Odyssey, 1887 (2002); The Cambridge Introduction to Herman Melville (Cambridge, 2007); The Mind of a Patriot: Patrick Henry and the World of Ideas (2008); The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2008); and two volumes in Reaktion's Critical Lives, Edgar Allan Poe (2009) and Herman Melville (2017). His works have been translated into Greek, Italian, Persian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Table of Contents

Part I. Geographical Contexts: 1. New York Kevin J. Hayes; 2. The Berkshires Peter Bergman; 3. The American West Nathaniel Lewis; 4. The Pacific Alex Calder; 5. London Jonathan A. Cook; 6. Europe David Watson; 7. The Holy Land Brian Yothers; Part II. Social Contexts: 8. Men and women and men David Greven; 9. Islanders and missionaries Sean Brawley and Chris Dixon; 10. Literary circles David O. Dowling; 11. Slaves, masters, and abolitionists Susan M. Ryan; 12. Dons and Cholos Rodrigo Lazo; 13. Bachelors and gentlemen Maura M. D'Amore; 14. Officers and men Martin Griffin; Part III. Cultural Contexts: 15. Opera Kevin J. Hayes; 16. Panoramas Susan Tenneriello; 17. Natural history Jennifer Schell; 18. Technology Klaus Benesch; 19. The lyceum movement Tom F. Wright; 20. Painting and prints Colin Dewey; Part IV. Literary Contexts: 21. The Bible Dawn Coleman; 22. Seventeenth-century English prose Robin Grey; 23. The picaresque novel Kelly Richardson; 24. Travel writing Tim Youngs; 25. German metaphysics Kim C. Sturgess; 26. Gothicism Jonathan Crimmins; 27. British romanticism Shawn Thomson; Part V. The Contexts of Literary Reception: 28. Make-or-break reviews Hershel Parker; 29. The Melville revival Eric Aronoff; 30. Modernism David M. Ball; 31. Postmodernism Timothy Parrish; 32. Translations Rute Beirante; 33. Biographies Ian Maloney; 34. The cinema John Parris Springer.

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