Student Companion to Herman Melville

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Dezember 2006



Student Companion to Herman Melville provides a critical introduction to the life and literary works of Herman Melville, the nineteenth-century American author of Moby-Dick, as well as nine other novels and numerous short stories and poems. In addition to providing an overview of Melville's life in relation to his literary works, the book places his writings within their historical and cultural contexts, and then examines each of his major works fully, at the level of the nonspecialist and generalist reader. The chapters that address major works by Melville feature close readings of the literary texts that include analysis of point of view, setting, plot, characters, symbolism, themes, and historical contexts when appropriate. In addition, the four chapters devoted to individual novels, as well as the chapter on Melville's poetry, feature alternate readings to introduce the reader to postcolonial, feminist, genre, reader response, and deconstructionist approaches to literary criticism. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography that includes lists of Melville's published works, biographies, contemporary reviews, and recent critical studies.


SHARON TALLEY is an Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, where she teaches Early American literature and cultures. Special research interests include death and dying in American literature, and the American Renaissance.


"Talley provides a student companion to the works of Herman Melville that is also intended for general readers. The volume is meant to help readers critically analyze his literature in a non-intimidating way. Beginning with a chapter on biography, the book discusses Melville's contributions to American literature, his influence, genres, and major works: "Typee, Omoo, Mardi, Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick, Pierre, The Confidence Man", and "Billy Budd", in addition to his short fiction, serialized novels, and poetry. Plot and character development and major themes are examined, as well as literary devices, style, narrative point of view, and setting. Each chapter incorporates an alternative critical perspective, such as feminist, postcolonial, genre, reader response, and deconstructionist criticism." - Reference & Research Book News
EAN: 9780313334993
ISBN: 0313334994
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2006
Seitenanzahl: 208 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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