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The “Universal Cannibalism” of Things: A Historical, Psychoanalytic Treatment of Melville’s Bartleby, Benito Cereno, The Encantadas, and Billy Budd

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dc.contributor.advisor Dayan, Colin
dc.contributor.advisor Wollaeger, Mark
dc.contributor.author Webb, David Potter Townsend
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-11T20:39:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-11T20:39:07Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/5106
dc.description English Department Honors Thesis. Merrill Moore Co-winner 2012, Best Honors Thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract This study will evaluate Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener, Benito Cereno, The Encantadas, and Billy Budd as evidence of Melville’s embrace of an historical view of the U.S. and will further analyze these novellas using a methodological framework that attempts to synthesize a historical lens and psychoanalytic perspectives. While the historical and psychoanalytical approaches may sometimes appear to resist reconciliation, they will generally complement each other. It is only through analysis that takes into account both the psychoanalytic and the historical that we can comprehend how intensive is Melville’s sense of a social degeneration that affected both the internal subjective demands on citizenship and the external evidence of history. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject Melville, Herman en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Bartleby, the scrivener. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Benito Cereno en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Billy Budd en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Encantadas en_US
dc.title The “Universal Cannibalism” of Things: A Historical, Psychoanalytic Treatment of Melville’s Bartleby, Benito Cereno, The Encantadas, and Billy Budd en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Arts and Science en_US
dc.description.department English Department en_US
dc.peerreviewed Yes en_US


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