A Historical Guide to Herman Melville

Paperback | May 27, 2005

byGiles Gunn

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This collection gathers together original essays dealing with Melville's relations with his historical era, with class, with the marketplace, with ethnic otherness, and with religion. These essays are framed by a new, short biography by Robert Milder, an introduction by Giles Gunn, anillustrated chronology, and a bibliographical essay. Taken together, these pieces afford a fresh and searching set of perspectives on Melville's connections both with his own age and also with our own. This book makes the case, as does no other collection of criticism of its size, for Melville'scommanding centrality to nineteenth-century American writing.

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This collection gathers together original essays dealing with Melville's relations with his historical era, with class, with the marketplace, with ethnic otherness, and with religion. These essays are framed by a new, short biography by Robert Milder, an introduction by Giles Gunn, anillustrated chronology, and a bibliographical essay....

Giles Gunn is Professor of English and of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.51 × 8.11 × 0.91 inPublished:May 27, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195142829

ISBN - 13:9780195142822

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Table of Contents

Giles Gunn: IntroductionMelville in His Time1. Robert Milder: Herman Melville, 1819-1891: A Brief Biography2. Leon Chai: Romantic Answers, Victorian Questions: Cultural Possibilities for Melville at Mid-Century3. Myra Jehlen: Melville and Class4. Sheila Post: Melville and the Marketplace5. Timothy Marr: Without the Pale: Melville and Ethnic Cosmopolitanism6. Emory Elliott: "Wandering To-and-Fro": Melville and ReligionIllustrated ChronologyGiles Gunn: Bibliographical Essay

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