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Empire for Liberty : Melville and the Poetics of Individualism - Wai-chee Dimock

Empire for Liberty

Melville and the Poetics of Individualism

Paperback Published: 21st February 1991
ISBN: 9780691015095
Number Of Pages: 264

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Wai Chee Dimock approaches Herman Melville not as a timeless genius, but as a historical figure caught in the politics of an imperial nation and an "imperial self." She challenges our customary view by demonstrating a link between the individualism that enabled Melville to write as a sovereign author and the nationalism that allowed America to grow into what Jefferson hoped would be an "empire for liberty."

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"In this tenacious and articulate study, Professor Dimock explores the 'textual governance' of Melville's fiction: the ways in which the expectations and practice of imperialism in antebellum America necessarily informed--and limited--the poetics of Melville's 'authorial sovereignty' over his writings. Not everyone will agree with her conclusions about Melville's problematical poetics and historicism; yet her book will send the reader back again and again to Melville, equipped with new insights into his art and vision."--R. Bruce Bickley, Jr., American Literature

ISBN: 9780691015095
ISBN-10: 0691015090
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 21st February 1991
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36