In sections on world-making, love stories, arts, and communities, they consider such topics as Gospel cetology, phenomenology beyond the phantom limb: Melvillean
figuration and chronic pain, a final appearance with Elihu Vedder: Melville's visions, Bartleby's screen, and desertscapes: geological politics in Clarell.
Hart Ely's evocative Melvillean
term, (144) attempting both to
Some of these responses are more understandable than others, but what such diversity suggests is that Avatar may be functioning like a sort of Melvillean
white whale, a blank surface on which each viewer inscribes his or her own interpretation, and which acts like a mirror that reflects back on individuals, telling us something about ourselves in what we each see in the movie.
The protagonist of the mythic journey undertaken by the title hero of the Melvillean
tale is an actualization of the figure of "the Mysterious Stranger" who disrupts the shallow world order of a narrator who is "characteristically conservative, sentimental, and limited in perception:" (.
I then argue that in Go Down, Moses Faulkner stages Isaac's encounters with the sublime in distinctly Melvillean
terms in order to assess the ethical and ecological uses and limits of the sublime.
In other words, emulation is divine in Young's view because it is a way whereby a genius's fire, by a "noble contagion," brings out to light the genius in another, which lay dormant in what looks like Melvillean
deep shafts of the mine of the soul or the mind.
Certain strokes in Argue's repertoire have analogies in the seven canonic Chinese movements as catalogued in A Diagram of the Battle Formation of the Brush (Pi-chen t'u), a seventh-century manual, including "A rhinoceros digging its tusk into the ground" (a downward left thrust as in Argue's Backstory), or "shooting from a hundred pound crossbow" (the upturned hook in Argue's Melvillean
Queequeg) and "a withered vine a thousand years old" (a wavelike ending flourish that is the central gesture in Hither and Thithering Waters of Night, with its elliptical red inscription).
In a Melvillean
mode, however, even the confession of the fear of revealing the personal conceals what/how that buried significance most fundamentally signifies.
Building on this important moment, Freedom might in the end be best read as a Melvillean
allegory of liberal despair.
We shift to a few lines devoted to the nature of whiteness--not whiteness as some Melvillean
symbol of the inscrutability of the universe, but whiteness as further evidence of the speaker's uneasy emotional state and solipsism.
Consider this representative passage from Gilead with Robinson in full Melvillean
Pip's music itself generates a Melvillean
Ring Shout among the sailors, despite the "marked insularity" (32) and prejudice of some of them.