American Literature Readings in the 21st Century

Moby-Dick and Melville’s Anti-Slavery Allegory

Authors: Pellar, Brian R.

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  • Grapples with provocative and controversial questions of race that will refresh readers with a timely reading of a novel that has been exhaustively discussed
    Combines a plethora of biographical and archival research to lay out its convincing case
    Offers a comprehensive account of the book's literary history but also scholarly history surrounding the topic of race

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This book unfurls and examines the anti-slavery allegory at the subtextual core of Herman Melville’s famed novel, Moby-Dick. Brian Pellar points to symbols and allusions in the novel such as the albinism of the famed whale, the “Ship of State” motif, Calhoun’s “cords,” the equator, Jonah, Narcissus, St. Paul, and Thomas Hobbe’s Leviathan. The work contextualizes these devices within a historical discussion of the Compromise of 1850 and subsequently strengthened Fugitive Slave Laws. Drawing on a rich variety of sources such as unpublished papers, letters, reviews, and family memorabilia, the chapters discuss the significance of these laws within Melville’s own life.  
After clarifying the hidden allegory interconnecting black slaves and black whales, this book carefully sheds the layers of a hidden meaning that will be too convincing to ignore for future readings: Moby-Dick is ultimately a novel that is intimately connected with questions of race, slavery, and the state. 

About the authors

Brian Pellar has authored four papers in Sino-Platonic Papers, a scholarly monographic series. After serving four years in the US Navy, he studied art, biology, and psychology, and ultimately English. He currently lives in Boston, MA.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52267-8
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52266-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-84863-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Moby-Dick and Melville’s Anti-Slavery Allegory
Authors
Series Title
American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52267-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52267-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52266-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84863-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 234
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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