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Monumental Melville : the formation of a literary career /
Edgar A. Dryden.
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004.
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xii, 230 p.
ISBN
080474906X (alk. paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004.
isbn
080474906X (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5129100
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Edgar Dryden is Professor of English at the University of Arizona and editor of Arizona Quarterly.
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Monumental Melville offers the first extended analysis of Melville's career to read his prose and the poetry that followed it as a legible sequence in a writing life. When Melville turned to poetry at mid-career, he deliberately abandoned the conventions of fiction and the shared public world they imply. Monumental Melville focuses first on the way Melville's growing disdain for fame "of the literary sort" informs Moby-Dick and Melville's later fiction, then goes on to offer close readings of his published verse, exposing a poetics of double-dealing based on an ironic interplay between the text and the contexts it allusively arouses. Countering the historical and political approaches that have marked Melville scholarship for the last two decades, the book emphasizes the significance of the literary to Melville and the essential role of close reading in understanding his work. By revealing and celebrating the form that makes Melville's poetry uniqueand a logical development from his fictionMonumental Melville makes a fundamental contribution to the new scholarly recognition of its value and importance.
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Monumental Melville offers the first extended analysis of Melville's career to read his prose and the poetry that followed it as a legible sequence in a writing life. When Melville turned to poetry at mid-career, he deliberately abandoned the conventions of fiction and the shared public world they imply. Monumental Melville focuses first on the way Melville's growing disdain for fame "of the literary sort" informs Moby-Dick and Melville's later fiction, then goes on to offer close readings of his published verse, exposing a poetics of double-dealing based on an ironic interplay between the text and the contexts it allusively arouses. Countering the historical and political approaches that have marked Melville scholarship for the last two decades, the book emphasizes the significance of the literary to Melville and the essential role of close reading in understanding his work. By revealing and celebrating the form that makes Melville's poetry unique--and a logical development from his fiction--Monumental Melville makes a fundamental contribution to the new scholarly recognition of its value and importance.
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"Dryden's book is a challenge that will shape the future course of thinking on Melville. His meticulous, learned, and compelling explication of Melville's writing makes a formidable case for the importance of close reading, teaching us what Melville really requires from a reader; this book should therefore be a prerequisite to the sorts of historicist analysis that currently dominate the study of Melville's work." Mitchell Breitwieser,University of California, Berkeley
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"Dryden's book is a challenge that will shape the future course of thinking on Melville. His meticulous, learned, and compelling explication of Melville's writing makes a formidable case for the importance of close reading, teaching us what Melville really requires from a reader; this book should therefore be a prerequisite to the sorts of historicist analysis that currently dominate the study of Melville's work." --Mitchell Breitwieser,University of California, Berkeley
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This is an extended analysis of Melville's career reading his prose and the poetry that followed it as a legible sequence in a writing life. Countering the historical and political approaches, this work emphasizes the significance of the literary to Melville and the essential role of reading.
Main Description
Monumental Melvilleoffers the first extended analysis of Melville's career to read his prose and the poetry that followed it as a legible sequence in a writing life. When Melville turned to poetry at mid-career, he deliberately abandoned the conventions of fiction and the shared public world they imply.Monumental Melvillefocuses first on the way Melville's growing disdain for fame "of the literary sort" informsMoby-Dickand Melville's later fiction, then goes on to offer close readings of his published verse, exposing a poetics of double-dealing based on an ironic interplay between the text and the contexts it allusively arouses. Countering the historical and political approaches that have marked Melville scholarship for the last two decades, the book emphasizes the significance of the literary to Melville and the essential role of close reading in understanding his work. By revealing and celebrating the form that makes Melville's poetry uniqueand a logical development from his fictionMonumental Melvillemakes a fundamental contribution to the new scholarly recognition of its value and importance.
Main Description
Monumental Melvilleoffers the first extended analysis of Melville's career to read his prose and the poetry that followed it as a legible sequence in a writing life. When Melville turned to poetry at mid-career, he deliberately abandoned the conventions of fiction and the shared public world they imply. Monumental Melvillefocuses first on the way Melville's growing disdain for fame "of the literary sort" informs Moby-Dickand Melville's later fiction, then goes on to offer close readings of his published verse, exposing a poetics of double-dealing based on an ironic interplay between the text and the contexts it allusively arouses. Countering the historical and political approaches that have marked Melville scholarship for the last two decades, the book emphasizes the significance of the literary to Melville and the essential role of close reading in understanding his work. By revealing and celebrating the form that makes Melville's poetry unique--and a logical development from his fiction-- Monumental Melvillemakes a fundamental contribution to the new scholarly recognition of its value and importance.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Mute Monuments and Doggerel Epitaphs: Melville's Shattered Sequelsp. 14
John Brown's "America": Portentous Form in Battle-Piecesp. 66
Death and Poetry: The Problem of Character in Clarelp. 101
John Marr and Other Sailors: Poetry as Private Utterancep. 148
Timoleon, Etc.: Characters Ancient and Modernp. 167
Notesp. 195
Indexp. 223
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