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"Persuasive, instructive, and revisionary. Serves as complementary, complicating, or corrective to much of the scholarship on Melville, especially to very recent scholarship. . . . I will never teach or discuss Melville's texts in exactly the same ways again."--Jamie Barlowe, University of Toledo
By delineating the connections between nineteenth-century penitentiary reforms and the narrative structures and strategies of Herman Melville's fictions, this book explores the ways literature reflects and refracts ideas about the influence of reading on moral rehabilitation. The author shows that Melville, who engaged often and profoundly with reform issues, reacted against the reading-as-discipline approach recommended by penal reformers.
Carol Colatrella's approach is highly original not only in its historicizing of Melville's treatment of penitentiaries, reform, and rehabilitation of moral character but in its consideration of reading in relation to reform. Her book is the first to explore the ideological, literary, and rhetorical relationships of fictional narrative, authors, law, and social institutions to disciplinary literacy and to theories of readership.
No other study so richly connects thematic and cultural analyses to evaluate how Melville's narrative strategies challenge 19th-century ideas of social injustice, particularly stereotypes of class, ethnicity, and deviance. Colatrella has done so with exceptional erudition, and in detail. For example, noting Melville's deep interest in reforming patriarchal systems, she shows how reform-movement women's writings function as intertexts to Melville's personal writings and literary works. Colatrella situates each of Melville's fictions in relationship to sociopolitical forces, demonstrating how they reconfigure narrative themes and strategies related to 19th-century ideas about moral rehabilitation and reading. The result is a book that encourages its readers to think differently, not just about Melville, but also about the complex relationship among authors, readers, and cultural contexts/sociopolitical forces.
Carol Colatrella is associate professor of literature studies and codirector of the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
About the Author: Carol Colatrella is associate professor of literature studies and codirector of the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology at the Georgia Insitute of Technology. She has written Evolution, Sacrifice, and the Narrative: Balzac, Zola, and Faulkner and has coedited Cohesion and Dissent in America.
Titolo: Literature and Moral Reform
Casa editrice: University Press of Florida
Data di pubblicazione: 2002
Condizione libro: New
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 2002. Condizione libro: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP87451635
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Codice libro della libreria G0813025680I3N00
Descrizione libro Univ Pr of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A., 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: As New. No Jacket. !st. Edition/Later Printing. 337pp. inc. index. Clean, Crisp, Tight binding no marks or tears.Ethics in literature, Books and reading. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 008327
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Codice libro della libreria mon0000904278
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. . . . . 8vo, hardcover. No dj. Vg+ condition. 2 ex-lib stamps & label on 2 early pgs (only markings), 2 short streaks on cover, contents bright, crisp & clean. x, 337 p. Codice libro della libreria 1050613.36
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Text clean and solid; no dust jacket; 9.22 X 6.36 X 1.08 inches; 352 pages. Codice libro della libreria 101168
Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0813025680
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Literature and Moral Reform: Melville and the Discipline of Reading. Codice libro della libreria Grb1006946
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Descrizione libro University Press of Florida, 2002. HRD. Condizione libro: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Codice libro della libreria CE-9780813025681