4. Black Rivers, Red Letters, and White Whales

Mobility and Desire in Catharine Williams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville

  1. Shirley Samuels

Published Online: 24 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444354355.ch4

Reading the American Novel 1780-1865

Reading the American Novel 1780-1865

How to Cite

Samuels, S. (2011) Black Rivers, Red Letters, and White Whales, in Reading the American Novel 1780-1865, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444354355.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 DEC 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631232872

Online ISBN: 9781444354355

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Keywords:

  • black rivers, red letters, white whales;
  • mobility and desire;
  • Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter;
  • Fall River, trades on water;
  • whiteness evoking horror;
  • Moby-Dick;
  • “Happy America” in Fall River;
  • circulation of letters;
  • The Scarlet Letter;
  • stories about blood

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Whiteness and Water

  • “Happy America”

  • Names

  • Letters

  • Bodies

  • Ministers

  • Crimes

  • Blood

  • Notes