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Melville's Intervisionary Network: Balzac, Hawthorne, and Realism in the American Renaissance

John Haydock


The romances of Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick and Billy Budd, Sailor, are usually examined from some setting almost exclusively American. European or other planetary contexts are subordinated to local considerations. But while this isolated approach plays well in an arena constructed on American exclusiveness, it does not express the reality of the literary processes swirling around Melville in the middle of the nineteenth century. A series of expanding literary and technological networks was active that made his writing part of a global complex. Honoré de Balzac, popular French writer ... More

Keywords: Balzac, Melville, Hawthorne, realism, American Renaissance, antebellum, literary networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781942954231
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781942954231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Haydock, author