Wai Chee Dimock approaches Herman Melville not as a timeless genius, but as a historical figure caught in the politics of an imperial nation and an imperial self. She challenges our customary view by demonstrating a link between the individualism that enabled Melville to write as a sovereign author and the nationalism that allowed America to grow into what Jefferson hoped would be an empire for liberty.
|Publication date:||1st February 1991|
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Categories:||Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,|