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Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York

Kelley, Wyn

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ISBN 10: 0521560543 / ISBN 13: 9780521560542
Published by Cambridge University Press July 26, 1996, Cambridge ; New York, 1996
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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312 pages. Minor edgewear to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy. Record # 458002. Bookseller Inventory # 458002

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Title: Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press July 26, 1996, Cambridge ; New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Melville's City argues that Melville's relationship to the city is considerably more complex than has generally been believed. By placing him in the historical and cultural context of nineteenth-century New York, Kelley presents a Melville who borrows from the colorful cultural variety of the city while at the same time investigating its darker and more dangerous social aspects. Through examination of works spanning Melville's career, she forges a new analysis of the connections between urban and literary form.

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Melville's City argues that Melville's relationship to the city was considerably more complex than has generally been believed. By placing him in the historical and cultural context of nineteenth-century New York, Kelley presents a Melville who borrowed from the colorful cultural variety of the city while at the same time investigating its darker and more dangerous social aspects. She shows that images both from Melville and from popular sources of the time represented New York variously as Capital, Labyrinth, City of Man, and City of God, and she goes on to demonstrate that he resisted a generalizing or totalizing representation of the city by revealing its hybrid identity and giving voice to the poor, the displaced, and the racially excluded. Through close examination of works spanning Melville's career, she forges a new analysis of the connections between urban and literary form.

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