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Author Faflik, David, 1972- author

Title Melville and the question of meaning / David Faflik
Published Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature
Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Young American Puns: Antebellum Wordplay and Democratic Manhattan; 2 Melvilleâ#x80;#x99;s Little Historical Method; 3 Antebellum Apathy: A Study of Indifference in Melville; 4 â#x80;#x9C;Those Occasional Flashings-Forthâ#x80;#x9D;: Melville and the Art of Understatement; 5 Stuart Hall and the Whiteness of the Whale; 6 Melville at the Movies; Index
Summary "This rich volume of essays restores meaning itself as the focal point of one of our most thoughtful modern writers, Herman Melville. Melville and the Question of Meaning thinks about thinking in Melville. For if Melville's concerns with interpretation (the contributors to one recent collection variously read the author for "the 'meaning' of the characters," the "meaning" of the "body," "recesses of meaning," "deepest levels of meaning," "double meaning," and the "meaning" of "being" and "everything else") overlap with our own concerns, at a cultural moment when meaning feels especially strained, we have lost sight of the central place of meaning making in Melville's work. My own readings in Melville are a pedestrian's guide through the self-conscious complications of meaning we meet with in Melville across a range of different disciplines and endeavors. Combining aesthetics and sociolinguistics, history and theory, rhetoric and politics, philosophy and film studies, Melville and the Question of Meaning demonstrates that the project of making meaning in Melville remains as vital as ever"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed February 1, 2018)
Subject Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Criticism and interpretation.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Meaning (Philosophy)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1351110802
1351110810 (electronic bk.)
9781351110815 (electronic bk.)