Melville's Vision of Society : A Study of the Paradoxical Interrelations in Melville's Major Novels

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I hold that Melvillean society consists of paradoxical relationships between civilization and barbarianism, evil and good, the corrupt and the natural, the individual and the collective, and the primitive and the advanced. Because these terms are arbitrary and, in the context of the novels, somewhat interchangeable, I explore Melville's thoughts as those emerge in the following groups of novels: Typee, Omoo, and White-Jacket demonstrate the paradox of Melvillean society; Redburn, Moby-Dick, and Mardi illustrate the corrupting effects of capitalism and individualism; and The Confidence-Man, Israel Potter, and Pierre depict a collapsed paradox and the disintegration of Melville's society.

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Terzis, Timothy R. (Timothy Randolph) May 1995.

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I hold that Melvillean society consists of paradoxical relationships between civilization and barbarianism, evil and good, the corrupt and the natural, the individual and the collective, and the primitive and the advanced. Because these terms are arbitrary and, in the context of the novels, somewhat interchangeable, I explore Melville's thoughts as those emerge in the following groups of novels: Typee, Omoo, and White-Jacket demonstrate the paradox of Melvillean society; Redburn, Moby-Dick, and Mardi illustrate the corrupting effects of capitalism and individualism; and The Confidence-Man, Israel Potter, and Pierre depict a collapsed paradox and the disintegration of Melville's society.

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Terzis, Timothy R. (Timothy Randolph). Melville's Vision of Society : A Study of the Paradoxical Interrelations in Melville's Major Novels, thesis, May 1995; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278456/: accessed August 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .