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Corey McCall is associate professor of philosophy at Elmira College.
Tom Nurmi is assistant professor of English at Montana State University Billings.
Introduction: Melville’s Silence
Corey McCall & Tom Nurmi
I. Melville as Philosopher
“In Voiceless Visagelessness”: The Disenchanted Landscape of Clarel
Platonic and Nietzschean Themes of Transformation in Moby-Dick
Passion, Reverie, Disaster, Joy: What Philosophers Learn at Sea
Edward F. Mooney
Outlandish Lands: Melville’s Pierre and the Democratic Ambiguity of Space and Time
Jason M. Wirth
Beasts, Sovereigns, Pirates: Melville’s “Enchanted Isles” Beyond the Picturesque
On Religion and the Strangeness of Speech: Typee as a ‘Peep’
Tracy B. Strong
II. Inheriting Melville
Melville’s Phenomenology of Gender: Critical Reflections on C.L.R. James’ Mariners, Renegades, Castaways and Paget Henry’s Caliban’s Reason
Decolonial Options in Moby-Dick
“Benito Cereno,” or, the American Chronotope of Slavery
The European Authorization of American Literature and Philosophy: After Cavell, Reading Bartleby with Deleuze, then Rancière
Afterword: A Time to Break the Philosophic Silencing of Melville
Melville Among the Philosophers enhanced my love of Melville and my engagement with philosophical questions. The book succeeds in its goal of showing Melville’s philosophical significance. The essays introduced some philosophers unfamiliar to me and will probably do so for most readers. Students of Melville and those interested in the relationship between literature and philosophy will enjoy this book.
— Dewey Studies
A thrilling collection. The essays range across Melville’s works and across Western philosophy. Melville among the Philosophers reveals just how mutually entangled literature and philosophy are for Melville, and for us.
— Cody Marrs, University of Georgia
For a volume that covers every period of Melville's career, every genre in which he wrote, and puts him in dialogue with thinkers such as Plato, Nietzsche, Schmitt, C. L. R. James, Deleuze, Derrida, and Ranciere—all the while traversing the disciplinary areas of philosophy, religion, literary theory, and politics—is it really out of place to compare it to the immensity of the whale or the vastness of the ocean in Melville's greatest work? Regardless, Melville among The Philosophers will be essential reading for anyone concerned with the work and legacy of this magesterial author.
— Jeffrey A. Bernstein, College of the Holy Cross
Readers of Melville long have known him as a philosophical writer in a capacious, profound manner, a writer of fiction and verse who seriously engaged the most advanced philosophy of his day, as well as prominent figures in the tradition. Melville among the Philosophers reveals the multiple philosophic dimensions of his penetrating thought and language: aesthetics, religion, gender, pragmatism, colonialism, race, politics, metaphysics, and confrontations with authority and mortality. What this book most particularly does—and does superbly—is to enrich and expand the dialogue between philosophy and literature such that both disciplines become refreshed and reoriented. With ten perceptive studies, a trenchant introductory essay by the editors, and closing remarks by Cornel West, this volume will attract all readers (of philosophy and literature) who incline to, or who are willing to test, Melville’s astonishing genius and range.
— James Engell, Harvard University