Antebellum at Sea: Maritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century by Jason Berger

By Jason Berger

In the antebellum years, the Western world’s symbolic realities have been improved and challenged as service provider, army, and clinical job moved into Pacific and Arctic waters. In Antebellum at Sea, Jason Berger explores the jobs that early nineteenth-century maritime narratives performed in conceptualizing monetary and social transitions within the constructing worldwide marketplace procedure and what those chronicles expose approximately an period marked via tremendous change.

Focusing at the paintings of James Fenimore Cooper and Herman Melville, Berger complements our realizing of the way the 19th century negotiated its personal tenuous growth by way of portraying how a variety of maritime tales lays naked tense reports of the recent. Berger attracts on Slavoj Žižek’s Lacanian inspiration of fable with a view to reassess the advanced method maritime bills operated within the political panorama of antebellum the United States, studying subject matters akin to the functionality of maritime exertions information inside a change of clinical wisdom, anxiousness produced via clash among gender-specific and culture-specific kinds of amusement, and the way felony practices light up troubling juridical paradoxes on the middle of Polk-era political life.

Addressing the tips of the antebellum age from unforeseen and revealing views, Berger calls at the belief of delusion to think about how antebellum maritime literature disputes traditional perspectives of yank background, literature, and nationwide identity.

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