Chapter 32. Melville's Transhistorical Voice: Billy Budd, Sailor and the Fragmentation of Forms

  1. Wyn Kelley
  1. John Wenke

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470996782.ch32

A Companion to Herman Melville

A Companion to Herman Melville

How to Cite

Wenke, J. (2006) Melville's Transhistorical Voice: Billy Budd, Sailor and the Fragmentation of Forms, in A Companion to Herman Melville (ed W. Kelley), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470996782.ch32

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405122313

Online ISBN: 9780470996782

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Keywords:

  • creative intermittence;
  • playmates;
  • gravitational pull;
  • literary endeavors;
  • conspiracy

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • From “Billy in the Darbies” to the Handsome Sailor

  • Genesis: Making “Ragged Edges”

  • “A Quizzing Sort of Look”: The Dynamics of Reading

  • The Narrator's Transhistorical Reach

  • Vere's “Directness”: The Fragmentation of “Measured Forms”