By Samuel Otter
In interesting new contextual readings of 4 of Herman Melville's novels--Typee, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick, and Pierre--Samuel Otter delves into Melville's exorbitant prose to teach how he anatomizes ideology, making it palpable and unusual. Otter portrays Melville as deeply occupied with problems with race, the physique, gender, sentiment, and nationwide identification. He articulates quite a number modern texts (narratives of tourists, seamen, and slaves; racial and aesthetic treatises; fiction; poetry; and essays) so that it will flesh out Melville's discursive world.Otter provides Melville's works as "inside narratives" providing fabric analyses of attention. Chapters heart at the tattooed faces in Typee, the flogged our bodies in White-Jacket, the scrutinized heads in Moby-Dick, and the needing eyes and eloquent, constricted hearts of Pierre. Otter indicates how Melville's books inform of the epic quest to grasp the secrets and techniques of the human physique. instead of push aside modern ideals approximately race, self, and kingdom, Melville inhabits them, acknowledging their allure and analyzing their sway.Meticulously researched and brilliantly argued, this groundbreaking learn hyperlinks Melville's phrases to his international and presses the kinfolk among discourse and beliefs. it's going to deeply impression all destiny reports of Melville and his paintings.
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The choice, as the narrator points out, is no longer the clear one (at least in Western eyes) between flesh eater and noble savage; instead, it is the less reassuring alternative posed by two varieties of cannibal. " After situating a narrative of Typee ferocity in the context of American military atrocity, Melville concludes: "Thus it is that they whom we denominate 'savages' are made to deserve the title" (26). Refuting the growing consensus among mid-nineteenth-century ethnologists, Melville argues that savagery is not innate but is a product of the "fatal embrace" of islander and European (26).
Collection of Sandra and James Leitner. Page iii Melville's Anatomies Samuel Otter Page iv Disclaimer: Some images in the original hard copy book are not available for inclusion in the netLibrary eBook. The publisher gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution to this book provided by the General Endowment Fund of the Associates of the University of California Press. University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University of California Press, Ltd. London, England © 1999 by The Regents of the University of California Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Otter, Samuel, 1956-.
In one sense, the narrative structurally reinforces this notion, since the cannibal revelations in chapter 32 precede the final two chapters of the book, in which Tommo manages to escape. Yet the fears about loss of identity in chapter 32 seem redundant, given the severe threat to the integrity of the body and the existence of the soul described two chapters earlier. Tommo's glimpse of flesh and bones is a much diminished moment when compared with the intimations of cannibalism in other South Pacific narratives.