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

dc.contributor.advisorDayan, Colin
dc.contributor.advisorWollaeger, Mark
dc.contributor.authorWebb, David Potter Townsend
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-11T20:39:07Z
dc.date.available2012-06-11T20:39:07Z
dc.date.issued2012-04-16
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1803/5106
dc.descriptionEnglish Department Honors Thesis. Merrill Moore Co-winner 2012, Best Honors Thesisen_US
dc.description.abstractThis 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.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectMelville, Hermanen_US
dc.subject.lcshMelville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Criticism and interpretationen_US
dc.subject.lcshMelville, Herman, 1819-1891. Bartleby, the scrivener.en_US
dc.subject.lcshMelville, Herman, 1819-1891. Benito Cerenoen_US
dc.subject.lcshMelville, Herman, 1819-1891. Billy Budden_US
dc.subject.lcshMelville, Herman, 1819-1891. Encantadasen_US
dc.titleThe “Universal Cannibalism” of Things: A Historical, Psychoanalytic Treatment of Melville’s Bartleby, Benito Cereno, The Encantadas, and Billy Budden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts and Scienceen_US
dc.description.departmentEnglish Departmenten_US
dc.peerreviewedYesen_US


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