The Resource Melville's muse : literary creation & the forms of philosophical fiction, John Wenke, (electronic resource)

Melville's muse : literary creation & the forms of philosophical fiction, John Wenke, (electronic resource)

Label
Melville's muse : literary creation & the forms of philosophical fiction
Title
Melville's muse
Title remainder
literary creation & the forms of philosophical fiction
Statement of responsibility
John Wenke
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
That Herman Melville was a philosophical fiction writer may be generally accepted, but the implications of this definition are unclear. In Melville's Muse, John Wenke discusses what it means - both biographically and textually - for Melville to combine philosophy and aesthetics. Wenke focuses on Melville's failures and successes in developing fictional forms to contain and express metaphysical speculations. He examines how the author appropriated and transformed elements of his Calvinist-Lutheran heritage; his eclectic reading in ancient, Renaissance, and contemporary writings; his Romantic Zeitgeist; and his cultural and political milieu. Through his analysis, he clearly shows that consciously articulated life choices led Melville to create texts that are both derivative and revolutionary. This study offers a new interpretation of some existing materials but also provides many specific discoveries of Melville's use of Plato, Francois Rabelais, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Robert Burton, Sir Thomas Browne, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Thomas Carlyle, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, among others. It combines traditional historicism with contemporary theoretical practice, resulting in an interdisciplinary jargon-free critical narrative. Of particular interest to specialists in Melvillean studies, American Romanticism, and 19th-century American literature, it also will appeal to scholars of philosophy and literature, literature and culture, and literary criticism
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wenke, John Paul
Dewey number
813/.3
Index
index present
LC call number
PS2388.A35
LC item number
W46 1995eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Melville, Herman
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Literary form
  • Philosophy in literature
  • Fiction
Label
Melville's muse : literary creation & the forms of philosophical fiction, John Wenke, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.netLibrary.com.ezproxy.lonestar.edu/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=28064
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-241) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm45730394
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 251 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585262345
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(Sirsi) 278483
Label
Melville's muse : literary creation & the forms of philosophical fiction, John Wenke, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.netLibrary.com.ezproxy.lonestar.edu/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=28064
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-241) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm45730394
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 251 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585262345
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(Sirsi) 278483

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