A New Companion to Herman Melville


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<p><b>Discover a fascinating new set of perspectives on the life and work of Herman Melville</b></p> <p><i>A New Companion to Herman Melville </i>delivers an insightful examination of Melville for the twenty-first century. Building on the success of the first Blackwell <i>Companion to Herman Melville</i>, and offering a variety of tools for reading, writing, and teaching Melville and other authors, this <i>New Companion</i> offers critical, technological, and aesthetic practices that can be employed to read Melville in exciting and revelatory ways.</p> <p>Editors Wyn Kelley and Christopher Ohge create a framework that reflects a pluralistic model for humanities teaching and research. In doing so, the contributing authors highlight the ways in which Melville himself was concerned with the utility of tools within fluid circuits of meaning, and how those ideas are embodied, enacted, and mediated.</p> <p>In addition to considering critical theories of race, gender, sexuality, religion, transatlantic and hem&shy;ispheric studies, digital humanities, book history, neurodiversity, and new biography and reception studies, this book offers:</p> <p>&bull; A thorough introduction to the life of Melville, as well as the twentieth- and twenty-first-century revivals of his work</p> <ul> <li>Comprehensive explorations of Melville&rsquo;s works, including <i>Moby-Dick, Pierre, Piazza Tales</i>, and <i>Israel Potter</i>, as well as his poems and poetic masterpiece <i>Clarel</i></li> <li>Practical discussions of material books, print culture, and digital technologies as applied to Melville</li> <li>In-depth examinations of Melville&rsquo;s treatment of the natural world</li> <li>Two symposium sections with concise reflections on art and adaptation, and on teaching and public engagement</li> </ul> <p><i>A New Companion to Herman Melville</i> provides essential reading for scholars and students ranging from undergraduate and graduate students to more advanced scholars and specialists in the field.</p>