Melville's permanent riotocracy

Jonik, Michael (2013) Melville's permanent riotocracy. In: Frank, Jason (ed.) A political companion to Herman Melville. University of Kentucky Press, Lexington, Kentucky, pp. 229-258. ISBN 9780813143873

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Abstract

Herman Melville is widely considered to be one of America's greatest authors, and countless literary theorists and critics have studied his life and work. However, political theorists have tended to avoid Melville, turning rather to such contemporaries as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau to understand the political thought of the American Renaissance. While Melville was not an activist in the traditional sense and his philosophy is notoriously difficult to categorize, his work is nevertheless deeply political in its own right. As editor Jason Frank notes in his introduction to A Political Companion to Herman Melville, Melville's writing "strikes a note of dissonance in the pre-established harmonies of the American political tradition." This unique volume explores Melville's politics by surveying the full range of his work-from Typee (1846) to the posthumously published Billy Budd (1924).

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
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Depositing User: Laura Vellacott
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 13:25
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2015 13:25
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53534
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