Frederick Douglass & Herman Melville : essays in relation

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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 973.809 FRE
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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.


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, Harvard University

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

Revolutionary fictions and activist labor: looking for Douglass and Melville together / John Ernest
Fugitive justice: Douglass, Shaw, Melville / Robert K. Wallace
Cheer and gloom: Douglass and Melville on slave dance and music / Sterling Stuckey
Douglass, Melville, and the moral economies of American authorship / Susan M. Ryan
Volcanoes and meteors: Douglass, Melville, and the poetics of insurrection / William Gleason
Interracial friendship and the aesthetics of freedom / John Stauffer
Political theology in Douglass and Melville / Steven Mailloux
The ethics of impertinence: Douglass and Melville on England / Elisa Tamarkin
The ends of enchantment: Douglass, Melville, and U.S. expansionism in the Americas / Rodrigo Lazo
Fraternal melancholies: manhood and the limits of sympathy in Douglass and Melville / Elizabeth Barnes
Douglass's and Melville's "alphabets of the blind" / Hester Blum
A view from the closet: reconcilable differences in Douglass and Melville / David Van Leer
Riveted to the wall: covetous fathers, devoted sons, and the patriarchal pieties of Melville and Douglass / Maurice Wallace
Fahrenheit 1861: cross patriotism in Melville and Douglass / Russ Castronovo, Dana D. Nelson
White fratricide, black liberation: Melville, Douglass, and Civil War memory / Carolyn L. Karcher
Douglass, Melville, and the lynching of Billy Budd / Gregory Jay
Melville, Douglass, the Civil War, pragmatism / Maurice S. Lee
1855/1955: from antislavery to civil rights / Eric J. Sundquist.

Additional Information
Subjects Douglass, Frederick, -- 1818-1895 -- Political and social views.
Melville, Herman, -- 1819-1891 -- Political and social views.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- History -- 19th century.
Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Cultural pluralism in literature.
Publisher Chapel Hill :University of North Carolina Press,2008
Other Titles Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville
Contributors Levine, Robert S. (Robert Steven), 1953-
Otter, Samuel, 1956-
Language English
Description 475 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780807831847 (alk. paper)
0807831840 (alk. paper)
9780807858721 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0807858722 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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