Herman Melville in Context provides the fullest introduction in one volume to the multifaceted life and times of Herman Melville, a towering figure in nineteenth-century American and world literature. The book grounds the study of Herman Melville's writings to the world that influenced their composition, publication and recognition, making it a valuable resource to scholars, teachers, students and general readers. Bringing together contributions covering a wide range of topics, the collection of essays covers the geographical, social, cultural and literary contexts of Melville's life and works, as well as its literary reception. Herman Melville in Context will enable readers to approach Melville's writings with fuller insight, and to read and understand them in a way that approximates the way they were read and understood in his time.
Table of Contents
Part I. Geographical Contexts: 1. New York Kevin J. Hayes; 2. The Berkshires Peter Bergman; 3. The American West Nathaniel Lewis; 4. The Pacific Alex Calder; 5. London Jonathan A. Cook; 6. Europe David Watson; 7. The Holy Land Brian Yothers; Part II. Social Contexts: 8. Men and women and men David Greven; 9. Islanders and missionaries Sean Brawley and Chris Dixon; 10. Literary circles David O. Dowling; 11. Slaves, masters, and abolitionists Susan M. Ryan; 12. Dons and Cholos Rodrigo Lazo; 13. Bachelors and gentlemen Maura M. D'Amore; 14. Officers and men Martin Griffin; Part III. Cultural Contexts: 15. Opera Kevin J. Hayes; 16. Panoramas Susan Tenneriello; 17. Natural history Jennifer Schell; 18. Technology Klaus Benesch; 19. The lyceum movement Tom F. Wright; 20. Painting and prints Colin Dewey; Part IV. Literary Contexts: 21. The Bible Dawn Coleman; 22. Seventeenth-century English prose Robin Grey; 23. The picaresque novel Kelly Richardson; 24. Travel writing Tim Youngs; 25. German metaphysics Kim C. Sturgess; 26. Gothicism Jonathan Crimmins; 27. British romanticism Shawn Thomson; Part V. The Contexts of Literary Reception: 28. Make-or-break reviews Hershel Parker; 29. The Melville revival Eric Aronoff; 30. Modernism David M. Ball; 31. Postmodernism Timothy Parrish; 32. Translations Rute Beirante; 33. Biographies Ian Maloney; 34. The cinema John Parris Springer.