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Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) and Herman Melville (1819-1891) addressed in their writings a range of issues that continue to resonate in American culture: the reach and limits of democracy; the nature of freedom; the roles of race, gender, and sexuality; and the place of the United States in the world. Yet they are rarely discussed together, perhaps because of their differences in race and social position. In 18 original essays, contributors to this collection explore the convergences and divergences of these two extraordinary literary lives. Developing new perspectives on literature, biography, race, gender, and politics, this volume ultimately raises questions that help rewrite the color line in nineteenth-century studies.
The University of North Carolina Press; March 2008
- ISBN: 9781469606699
- Edition: 1
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- Title: Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville
- Author: Robert S. Levine (ed.); Samuel Otter (ed.)
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press