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Title Ahab unbound : Melville and the materialist turn / Meredith Farmer and Jonathan D.S. Schroeder, editors ; afterword by Samuel Otter
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource (458 pages) : illustrations
Contents Cover Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Rethinking Ahab: Melville and the Materialist Turn -- Part I: Ontologies -- Chapter 1: Sailing without Ahab -- Chapter 2: Ambiental Cogito: Ahab with Whales -- Chapter 3: Ahab after Agency -- Chapter 4: Thinking with a Wrinkled Brow -- or, Herman Melville, Catherine Malabou, and the Brains of New Materialism -- Part II: Relations -- Chapter 5: Phantom Empathy: Ahab and Mirror-Touch Synesthesia -- Chapter 6: Phenomenology beyond the Phantom Limb: Melvillean Figuration and Chronic Pain -- Chapter 7: "The King Is a Thing."
Or, Ahab as Subject of the Unconscious: A Lacanian Materialist Reading -- Chapter 8: Approaching Ahab Blind -- Part III: Politics -- Chapter 9: "This Post-Mortemizing of the Whale": The Vapors of Materialism, New and Old -- Chapter 10: Ahab's Electromagnetic Constitution -- Chapter 11: The Whiteness of the Will: Ahab and the Matter of Monomania -- Chapter 12: Diet on the Pequod and the Wreck of Reason -- Part IV: New Melvilles -- Chapter 13: Ahab's After-Life: The Tortoises of "The Encantadas" -- Chapter 14: Israel Potter -- or, The Excrescence
Chapter 15: Melville, Materiality, and the Social Hieroglyphics of Leisure and Labor -- Chapter 16: Melville's Basement Tapes -- Afterword: Melville among the Materialists -- Acknowledgments -- Contributors -- Index
Summary "For years critics have viewed Herman Melville's Captain Ahab as the paradigm of a strong, controlling agent. Farmer and Schroeder's volume aims to rethink Ahab through a series of "materialist" frames, including posthumanism, disability studies, affect theory, animal studies, environmental humanities, systems theory, and oceanic studies. The essays here recast Ahab as a contingent figure, transformed by his environment--by chemistry, electromagnetism, entomology, meteorology, diet, illness, pain, trauma, and neurons firing--in ways that unexpectedly force us to see him as worthy of our empathy and our compassion. Collectively these materialist readings challenge our ways of thinking about the boundaries of both persons and actions, along with the racist and environmental violence caused by 'personhood' and by the 'human"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 27, 2022)
Subject Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Moby Dick.
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Characters
Ahab, Captain (Fictitious character)
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Characters -- Captain Ahab
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Moby Dick
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891
Ahab, Captain (Fictitious character)
SUBJECT Moby Dick (Melville, Herman) fast
Subject Sea stories, American -- History and criticism
Materialism in literature.
Whaling in literature.
Sailors in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
Characters and characteristics
Materialism in literature
Sailors in literature
Sea stories, American
Whaling in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism
Literary criticism.
Critiques littéraires.
Form Electronic book
Author Farmer, Meredith, 1983- editor.
Schroeder, Jonathan (D. S.), 1981- editor.
Otter, Samuel, 1956- writer of foreword.
ISBN 9781452961095