After the whale : Melville in the wake of Moby-Dick / Clark Davis.

After the Whale contextualizes Herman Melville's short fiction and poetry by studying it in the company of the more familiar fiction of the 1850s and 1890s. The study focuses on Melville's vision of the purpose and function of language from Moby-Dick through Billy Budd with a special empha...

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Online Access:Electronic book from EBSCO
Main Author: Davis, Clark.
Format: eBook
Published:Tuscaloosa, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, ©1995.
Table of Contents:
  • Part I: Moby-Dick and after
  • Moby-Dick and the divided body
  • Language and the ascetic body in Pierre and "Bartleby"
  • Israel potter and the search for the hearth
  • Part II: The limits of form
  • Toward deception: the short fiction and the failing body
  • Inverted worlds: "Benito Cereno" and The confidence-man
  • Part III: Reshaping the lost debate
  • The fissure in the hearth: Battle pieces
  • Clarel and the search for divine body
  • A question of distance: the late poetry
  • Part IV: An open ending
  • Billy Budd and the touch of a god.