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The narrative of facts?probably best exemplified in the literature of exploration?was an immensely popular genre in mid-nineteenth-century America. In White Lies, John Samson offers full contextual readings of Melville's five major narratives of facts?Typee, Omoo, Redburn, White-Jacket, and Israel Potter. Samson demonstrates that in these novels Melville critically rewrote the sources on which he drew, in effect making the genre itself a subject of his writing.
In his introduction, Samson discusses Melville's knowledge of the genre and its ideology. He then reads each novel in terms of Melville's confrontation with its sources. In each, Samson says, an unreliable narrator represents particular ideological tendencies in Melville's sources. Melville heightens and extends these tendencies, exposes the contradictions and biases within them, and ends by showing the narrator evading or denying experiences that conflict with his ideology. According to Samson, Melville sees the concept of historical progress as the basis of these biases and evasions.
In these five novels, Melville reveals the conflict between democratic, humanitarian, and individualistic principles, on the one hand, and the forces of racial superiority, religious bigotry, economic determinism, and political conservatism, on the other. Taken together, Samson asserts, these novels deconstruct the intellectual foundations of the form of historical narration endorsed by white patriarchal culture.
Scholars and students of nineteenth-century American literature, specialists in the novel, and other readers of Melville will welcome Samson's provocative reinterpretation of these key works in American culture.
Über den Autor:
John Samson is Associate Professor of English at Texas Tech University.
Titel: White Lies: Melville's Narratives of Facts
Verlag: Cornell University Press
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Buchbeschreibung Cornell University Press, 1989. Buchzustand: Good. 1st Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP72662504
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Buchbeschreibung Cornell University Press, Ithaca, N.Y., 1989. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good +. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bound in blue cloth-covered boards with silver lettering on the spine. A small red "Property of Rutgers--CCACC" stamp on the inside front board, else unmarked; spine cocked; corners sharp, spine ends unbumped. The dust jacket is not priced. Brodart protected. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 005455
Buchbeschreibung Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, 1989. First Cornell University Press Printing. 8vo. VG+/VG+. solidly ice blue glossy DJ spine and front/rear panels, volume title in teal, between two flourishes and italicized full author and publisher at opposite ends. titling repeats upon front glossy DJ panel, thickly bordered author/title and thinly underlined between title, subtitle and author. HB is clothbound in teal, compact and uniformly hued, stamped with small silver author at tip and publisher close to tail, silver stamped into dark gray imprinted label nearl 2" tall. the ivory endsheets appear flecked by blue fibers. compact and clear, tightly bound and as new, in like jacket. 246 pp. ISBN # 0801422809. Rockville. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 7-106-1211830
Buchbeschreibung Cornell University Press, 1989. Hardcover. Buchzustand: As New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New. 1st Edition. Book is a clean tight unmarked copy. University Press. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 005645
Buchbeschreibung Cornell University Press, 1989. Hardcover. Buchzustand: As New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New. 1st Edition. Book is a clean tight unmarked copy. University Press. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 008646
Buchbeschreibung Cornell University Press, 2017. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. This item is printed on demand. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020801422809
Buchbeschreibung Cornell University Press, 2017. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. This item is printed on demand. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P110801422809
Buchbeschreibung Cornell University Press, 1989. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. 1st Ed.. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0801422809
Buchbeschreibung Rutgers University Press. Buchzustand: New. Brand New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0801422809