Melville's Monumental Imagination

By Ian S. Maloney

© 2006 – Routledge

180 pages

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About the Book

Melville's Monumental Imagination explores the connection between the contested 19th century American monument tradition and one of the nation's most revered authors, Herman Melville (1819-1891). The book was written to fill a void in recent Melville scholarship. To date, there has not been a monograph that focuses exclusively on Melville's incorporation of monuments in his fictional world. The book charts the territory of Melville's novels in order to provide a trajectory of the monumental image in one particular literary form. This feature allows the reader to gradually see the monumental image as an important marker that sheds light into Melville's eventual abandonment of long fiction. Melville's Monumental Imagination combines literary analysis and cultural criticism for a long neglected aspect of our nation's iconic development in statuary.

About the Author

Ian S. Maloney serves as Assistant Professor of English at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY. His research interests are in American culture and literature, and particularly in interdisciplinary studies. He received his Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2004.

About the Series

Studies in Major Literary Authors

Studies in Major Literary Authors features outstanding scholarship on celebrated and neglected authors of both canonical and lesser-known texts.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General