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By Jason Frank,Shannon L. Mariotti,Kennan Ferguson,George Shulman,Susan J. McWilliams,Thomas Dumm,Sophia Mihic,Roger W. Hecht,Kevin Attell,Michael Jonik,Lawrie Balfour,Roger Berkowitz,Jennifer Culbert

Herman Melville is commonly thought of to be one in every of America's maximum authors, and numerous literary theorists and critics have studied his lifestyles and paintings. besides the fact that, political theorists have tended to prevent Melville, turning relatively to such contemporaries as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau to appreciate the political considered the yankee Renaissance. whereas Melville was once no longer an activist within the conventional experience and his philosophy is notoriously tricky to categorize, his paintings is however deeply political in its personal correct. As editor Jason Frank notes in his creation to A Political better half to Herman Melville, Melville's writing "strikes a word of dissonance within the pre-established harmonies of the yank political tradition."

This precise quantity explores Melville's politics via surveying the complete variety of his paintings -- from Typee (1846) to the posthumously released Billy Budd (1924). The participants provide old context to Melville's writings and position him in dialog with political and theoretical debates, interpreting his dating to transcendentalism and modern continental philosophy and addressing his work's relevance to subject matters similar to nineteenth-century imperialism, twentieth-century criminal conception, the anti-rent wars of the 1840s, and the civil rights move. From those analyses emerges a brand new and tough portrait of Melville as a political philosopher of the 1st order, person who will determine his significance not just for nineteenth-century American political idea but additionally for political conception extra broadly.

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