By Jason Frank,Shannon L. Mariotti,Kennan Ferguson,George Shulman,Susan J. McWilliams,Thomas Dumm,Sophia Mihic,Roger W. Hecht,Kevin Attell,Michael Jonik,Lawrie Balfour,Roger Berkowitz,Jennifer Culbert
Herman Melville is broadly thought of to be one in every of America's maximum authors, and numerous literary theorists and critics have studied his existence and paintings. although, political theorists have tended to prevent Melville, turning particularly to such contemporaries as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau to appreciate the political considered the yankee Renaissance. whereas Melville used to be now not an activist within the conventional experience and his philosophy is notoriously tricky to categorize, his paintings is however deeply political in its personal correct. As editor Jason Frank notes in his advent to A Political spouse to Herman Melville, Melville's writing "strikes a notice of dissonance within the pre-established harmonies of the yank political tradition."
This detailed quantity explores Melville's politics via surveying the complete variety of his paintings -- from Typee (1846) to the posthumously released Billy Budd (1924). The members provide historic context to Melville's writings and position him in dialog with political and theoretical debates, interpreting his dating to transcendentalism and modern continental philosophy and addressing his work's relevance to subject matters reminiscent of nineteenth-century imperialism, twentieth-century criminal idea, the anti-rent wars of the 1840s, and the civil rights circulate. From those analyses emerges a brand new and hard portrait of Melville as a political philosopher of the 1st order, one who will identify his significance not just for nineteenth-century American political concept but additionally for political thought extra broadly.
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A Political Companion to Herman Melville (Political Companions to Great American Authors) by Jason Frank,Shannon L. Mariotti,Kennan Ferguson,George Shulman,Susan J. McWilliams,Thomas Dumm,Sophia Mihic,Roger W. Hecht,Kevin Attell,Michael Jonik,Lawrie Balfour,Roger Berkowitz,Jennifer Culbert