Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville Essays in Relation

ISBN-10: 0807858722

ISBN-13: 9780807858721

Edition: 2008

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Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) and Herman Melville (1819-1891) addressed in their writings a range of issues that continue to resonate in American culture: the reach and limits of democracy; the nature of freedom; the roles of race, gender, and sexuality; and the place of the United States in the world. Yet they are rarely discussed together, perhaps because of their differences in race and social position. Douglass escaped from slavery and tied his well-received nonfiction writing to political activism, becoming a figure of international prominence. Melville was the grandson of Revolutionary War heroes and addressed urgent issues through fiction and poetry, laboring in increasing obscurity. In eighteen original essays, the contributors to this collection explore the convergences and divergences of these two extraordinary literary lives. Developing new perspectives on literature, biography, race, gender, and politics, this volume ultimately raises questions that help rewrite the color line in nineteenth-century studies. Contributors: Elizabeth Barnes, College of William and Mary Hester Blum, The Pennsylvania State University Russ Castronovo, University of Wisconsin-Madison John Ernest, West Virginia University William Gleason, Princeton University Gregory Jay, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Carolyn L. Karcher, Washington, D.C. Rodrigo Lazo, University of California, Irvine Maurice S. Lee, Boston University Robert S. Levine, University of Maryland, College Park Steven Mailloux, University of California, Irvine Dana D. Nelson, Vanderbilt University Samuel Otter, University of California, Berkeley John Stauffer, HarvardUniversity Sterling Stuckey, University of California, Riverside Eric J. Sundquist, University of California, Los Angeles Elisa Tamarkin, University of California, Irvine Susan M. Ryan, University of Louisville David Van Leer, University of California, Davis Maurice Wallace, Duke University Robert K. Wallace, Northern Kentucky University Kenneth W. Warren, University of Chicago
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List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 1.15" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Samuel Otter is associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Melville's Anatomies.

Robert S. Levine is professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. His most recent book is Dislocating Race and Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Douglass and Melville in Relation
Literary and Cultural Geographies
Revolutionary Fictions and Activist Labor: Looking for Douglass and Melville Together
Fugitive Justice: Douglass, Shaw, Melville
Cheer and Gloom: Douglass and Melville on Slave Dance and Music
Douglass, Melville, and the Moral Economies of American Authorship
Volcanoes and Meteors: Douglass, Melville, and the Poetics of Insurrection
Interracial Friendship and the Aesthetics of Freedom
Political Theology in Douglass and Melville
The Ethics of Impertinence: Douglass and Melville on England
The Ends of Enchantment: Douglass, Melville, and U.S. Expansionism in the Americas
Manhood and Sexuality
Fraternal Melancholies: Manhood and the Limits of Sympathy in Douglass and Melville
Douglass's and Melville's "Alphabets of the Blind"
A View from the Closet: Reconcilable Differences in Douglass and Melville
Riveted to the Wall: Covetous Fathers, Devoted Sons, and the Patriarchal Pieties of Melville and Douglass
Civil Wars
Fahrenheit 1861: Cross Patriotism in Melville and Douglass
White Fratricide, Black Liberation: Melville, Douglass, and Civil War Memory
Douglass, Melville, and the Lynching of Billy Budd
Melville, Douglass, the Civil War, Pragmatism
1855/1955: From Antislavery to Civil Rights
Afterword
A Douglass and Melville Chronology
Notes on the Contributors
Index
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