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The Resource Strike through the mask : Herman Melville and the scene of writing, Elizabeth Renker

Strike through the mask : Herman Melville and the scene of writing, Elizabeth Renker

Label
Strike through the mask : Herman Melville and the scene of writing
Title
Strike through the mask
Title remainder
Herman Melville and the scene of writing
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Renker
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Herman Melville was an intense and tortured writer, plagued by writing anxiety, emotional problems, and painful physical ailments. He produced his extraordinary body of work only with great anguish, and he appears to have inflicted great anguish on those around him. According to Elizabeth Renker, we learn much about Melville's fiction if we see how violent and frustrating the experience of writing was for him
  • In Strike through the Mask Renker argues that Melville's frustrated engagement with the page - characterized by illegible handwriting, chronically bad spelling, and violent manipulations of text - is the most important source of his work's drama and power. She examines the impact on his writing of his struggles with writer's block and depression. And she explores Melville's complex relationship with women, particularly his wife and sisters, on whom he depended to copy and correct his manuscripts. (Renker's evidence that Melville physically and emotionally abused his wife, Elizabeth Shaw Melville, has already generated attention and controversy). Renker sees Melville's experience of writing reflected in his haunting and enduring theme of disturbing, impenetrable faces. Ahab's famous desire to "strike through the mask" of the dead, blind "pasteboard" wall echoes Melville's own relentless striking through and rewriting in his private battle with the blank page
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Renker, Elizabeth
Dewey number
813/.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS2388.A9
LC item number
R46 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Melville, Herman
  • Authorship
  • Literature and society
  • Authors and readers
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Label
Strike through the mask : Herman Melville and the scene of writing, Elizabeth Renker
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-175) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Melville's Spell in Typee -- Fear of faces: from Moby-Dick to Pierre -- Wife beating and the written page -- "Those mere phantoms which flit along a page" in The Confidence-Man -- Battle "pieces" -- P.S.: marks in "John Marr."
Control code
ocm32923682
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 182 pages
Isbn
9780801858758
Lccn
95031870
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) 152556
Label
Strike through the mask : Herman Melville and the scene of writing, Elizabeth Renker
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-175) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Melville's Spell in Typee -- Fear of faces: from Moby-Dick to Pierre -- Wife beating and the written page -- "Those mere phantoms which flit along a page" in The Confidence-Man -- Battle "pieces" -- P.S.: marks in "John Marr."
Control code
ocm32923682
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 182 pages
Isbn
9780801858758
Lccn
95031870
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) 152556

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