The Resource The weaver-god, he weaves : Melville and the poetics of the novel, Christopher Sten, (electronic resource)

The weaver-god, he weaves : Melville and the poetics of the novel, Christopher Sten, (electronic resource)

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The weaver-god, he weaves : Melville and the poetics of the novel
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The weaver-god, he weaves
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Melville and the poetics of the novel
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Christopher Sten
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eng
Summary
Melville has long been regarded as an author of raw genius who knew, or cared, little about the art of the novel, and even harbored hostility toward its conventions. In The Weaver-God, He Weaves, Christopher Sten sets out to correct this widespread view, showing not only what Melville knew about the novelist's craft but how he appropriated and transformed a whole series of distinct genres: Typee is presented in the context of the popular romance, with its paired themes of sex and violence; Omoo is viewed in the framework of early Spanish and later French examples of the picaresque novel; and Mardi is seen as an instance of the once widely popular genre of the imaginary voyage. Sten also reveals how Melville radically transformed certain existing genres?the epic novel in Moby-Dick and the historical novel in Israel Potter?or forged profound new directions for genres still in their early stages; the psychological novel in Pierre and the experimental novel in the Confidence-Man. Sten speculates that it is because Melville was so idiosyncratic and inventive that so few critics have understood his close relationship tot eh various novelistic forms. While individual chapters provide discussions of the genre principles Melville employed, Sten's introduction offers valuable theoretical isnight into the importance of genre study (encompassing recent work by Todorov, Hirsch, Hernadi, Jauss, Culler, Scholes, Fowler, Rosmarin, and others), both in the evaluation of literary texts and in the still more fundamental enterprise of determining their meaning. The Weaver-God, He Weaves thus exposes for the first time the extent of Melville's contribution to the novel. This work will be of interest to readers of Melville, 19th-century American literature, literature of the sea, experimental fiction, and to those who work in the field of genre studies
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N$T
Dewey number
813/.3
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS2388.T4
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S74 1996eb
Literary form
non fiction
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The weaver-god, he weaves : Melville and the poetics of the novel, Christopher Sten, (electronic resource)
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The weaver-god, he weaves : Melville and the poetics of the novel, Christopher Sten, (electronic resource)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-349) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
  • 5.
  • Power and Dignity in a Man-of-War World: White-Jacket as Political Novel
  • 6.
  • Sounding the Self: Moby-Dick as Epic Novel
  • 7.
  • The Divided Self: Pierre as Psychological Novel
  • 8.
  • Rewriting America's Past: Israel Potter as Historical Novel
  • 9.
  • Dialogue of Crisis: The Confidence-Man as Experimental Novel
  • 1.
  • 10.
  • The Dilemma of Nature and Culture: Billy Budd as Problem Novel
  • The Flesh Made Word, The Word Made Flesh: Typee as Romance
  • 2.
  • "On the Move" in Polynesia: Omoo as Picaresque Novel
  • 3.
  • Breaking Away: Mardi as Imaginary Voyage
  • 4.
  • "Gentleman Forger": Redburn as Bildungsroman
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1 online resource (xii, 361 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781612771168
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(electronic bk.)
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remote

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