Melville and Repose: The Rhetoric of Humor in the American Renaissance John Bryant

ISBN: 9781280526398

Published: February 16th 2012

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312 pages


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Melville and Repose: The Rhetoric of Humor in the American Renaissance  by  John Bryant

Melville and Repose: The Rhetoric of Humor in the American Renaissance by John Bryant
February 16th 2012 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 312 pages | ISBN: 9781280526398 | 9.20 Mb

Bryants book is a strong and significant argument for the centrality of humour in Melvilles novels. The purpose of Melville and Repose is dual: to ground the uses of humour in Melville in sensitive readings of contemporaneous European and AmericanMoreBryants book is a strong and significant argument for the centrality of humour in Melvilles novels. The purpose of Melville and Repose is dual: to ground the uses of humour in Melville in sensitive readings of contemporaneous European and American writings, and to offer a definitive account of humour as the shaping force of Melvilles narrative voice for the duration of his literary career.

Bryant argues that Melville fused a rhetoric of geniality adopted from the British with a rhetoric of deceit borrowed from the American tall tale in order to create his own amiably cosmopolitan rhetoric of aesthetic repose. Thorough research, an engaging style, and full, scholarly readings of the oeuvre combine to make this book a welcome addition to the libraries of Melville scholars and enthusiasts.



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