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Herman Melville Was a Repository of the Dialectics of His Time, Says Andrew Delbanco in University Lecture

According to Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities, Herman Melville was a "repository of the dialectics of his time," at once containing both "the yes and the no of their culture." "We are free to [interpret him as] the prose-poet of our national destiny, imagining a world of grateful converts to the political religion of liberal democracy, or to prefer the Melville who saw the ship-of-state sailing under lunatic leadership toward incalculable disaster for us and the world," says Delbanco in a University Lecture.

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Shot: Apr 10, 2003
Published: May 15, 2003
Last modified:Jul 25, 2003