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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1963) 24 (2): 172–176.
Published: 01 June 1963
...J. J. Boies THE WHALE WITHOUT EPILOGUE By J. J. BOIES Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was first published by Richard Bentley in London in a three-volume edition entitled The Whale ( 1851). No trace can be found in this edition of the “Epilogue...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 1963) 24 (3): 237–244.
Published: 01 September 1963
... structured, more “organic” allusion is found in Moby-Dick in the philosophical differences symbolized by the right whale’s head and the counterpoised sperm whale’s head. With a sperm whale hoisted on starboard, the Pequod raises a right whale on port : 1 Melville scholarship is endless. The...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 1949) 10 (3): 351–355.
Published: 01 September 1949
... languages8 In the Exeter MS, folios 95b-98a,* there are three Old English poems: the Panther, the Whale, the first of 74 lines, the second of 89 lines, and a third poem, of which only 16 lines survive, generally thought to be a description of the partridgeThe whole is known as the Old English...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1951) 12 (2): 159–164.
Published: 01 June 1951
... every traveler of his day, Herman Melville’s Murdi (1849) spreads before the reader’s eyes a remarkable succession of sharks, devilfish, flying fish, blackfish, algerines, killer and thrasher whales (Chapter XIII) , pilot fish, rays, remoras (Chapter XVIII) , swordfish (Chap- ter XXXII...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1964) 25 (2): 181–186.
Published: 01 June 1964
... characters, as in James or de Maupas- sant? Or is it the magnificent, almost epic, whaling adventure? There can be little question that it is the latter. Throughout most of the book, Melville misses opportunities to dramatize the action, to present the telling gesture or the revealing dialogue...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1961) 22 (2): 125–134.
Published: 01 June 1961
... Emersonianism are of central importance. One en- counters them, so to speak, with the arrival of every fresh disaster. In Moby Dick, Captain Ahab sets forth with distinctively Emer- sonian expectations. The white whale, as Ahab conceives of it, is simply a visible object, fraught with...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 1955) 16 (4): 325–331.
Published: 01 December 1955
... imagination more powerful and Hugh W. Hetherington 33 1 often poetic has been written by an American than Melville’s romance of ‘Moby Dick ; or the Whale.’ ” Typee was “charming . . . but the crown of Melville’s sea experience was the marvelous romance of...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1940) 1 (2): 195–206.
Published: 01 June 1940
... characteristic alertness is missing from his earliest books. In Typee, for example, he was capable of referring to “the lofty jet of the whale” as a lethargic influence upon a ship’s crew and of attrib- uting the “alleged savagery” of the South Sea Islanders to European influences-completely...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 1982) 43 (3): 300–302.
Published: 01 September 1982
... of all points nowadays. Besides, one is con- vinced while one reads that Pierre Glendinning’s probIem really is that he is lost in “a labyrinth of semantic madness” (p. 168) and that Mob Dick “is an investigation of the countless verbal and symbolic representations of the great white whale...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 1982) 43 (3): 302–304.
Published: 01 September 1982
... Glendinning’s probIem really is that he is lost in “a labyrinth of semantic madness” (p. 168) and that Mob Dick “is an investigation of the countless verbal and symbolic representations of the great white whale, and the different philosophical ‘grammars’ the members of the Pequod’s crew use to...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 1946) 7 (4): 445–452.
Published: 01 December 1946
... material at our disposal. Garsecg is very well attested in OE literature. It occurs in the fol- lowing poetical works : Beowulf, Genesis, Exodus, PhEnix, Metra, Psalms, Whale, Riddles, Runic Poem, Order of the World (=Won- ders of Crsation).2 Its use implies no particular difficulties. It often...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 1950) 11 (3): 317–324.
Published: 01 September 1950
... hits a high-water mark in his presentation of Negro characters as people. The only Negro in the book who betrays any kind of neurosis is young Pip, who shrinks from Iife after a nightmare experience in chasing a whale. Melville significantly refers to him as “Poor Alabama boy The other...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1956) 17 (2): 118–127.
Published: 01 June 1956
...- tion that he is saved. On the contrary, that is confirmed, for the opening words of his next book (Moby-Dick) are “Call me Ishmael.” In Moby-Dick the recurrent image, hitherto delectable, becomes a shape of death-a coffin or a whale; but whereas the delectable image threatened death, the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1952) 13 (2): 218–219.
Published: 01 June 1952
... inferiority to Melville’s titanic, if flawed, masterpiece on the Whale. HARRYH. BURNS Unizwsity of Washington Richard Chase. New York: Macmillan Company, 1949. Pp. xiii + 305. $4.50. Copyright © 1952 by Duke University Press 1952 ...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 1943) 4 (2): 242–243.
Published: 01 June 1943
... authors refer it. Incidentally, “It was the copy of our confer- ence” (C. of E., V, 1, 62) is far from alluding to “Original, manu- script, theme, etc.” It is merely the Latin copia Anglicized, referring to that “plenty of words and matters” which was “whaled” into little boys in grammar...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 September 1982) 43 (3): 310–312.
Published: 01 September 1982
...: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction and Modern Thoq. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982. xvi + 218 pp. $18.95. Sachs, Viola. The Game of Creation: The Primeval Unlettered Language of “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale.” Paris: Editions de la Maison des Sciences de L’homme, 1982...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 December 1962) 23 (4): 337–352.
Published: 01 December 1962
.... (XXVI, 113) “If a danger meets him as he walks in his vocation,” Starbuck will accept it with practical courage. Melville adds the examples of “need- less peril” appropriate to the vocation of whaling; and as he does SO, he again slips into Fuller’s manner: “For . . . I am here in this criti...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2019) 80 (2): 167–193.
Published: 01 June 2019
... anatomist “to give him the history of the mollusk on which the whale fed,” Turner “wishing to understand the whale ab ovo thoroughly, because he was going to paint ‘the Whaleship’” (Emerson 1982 , 16:92). To artistically render a whale, the painter felt, would require knowing all the varied circumstances...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 March 1949) 10 (1): 118–120.
Published: 01 March 1949
... these references. The last suggestion (p. 102) leads us directly to note similar stimu- lating suggestions which are scattered profusely throughout the book : that Temple “probably prevented Swift from publishing The Battle of the Books in 1698” (p. 12) ; that “the [Tale’s] whale symbolizes...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1 June 2003) 64 (2): 255–258.
Published: 01 June 2003
... qualification, that the “whale hunt was not what it seemed” (311). In phraseology quick to bypass the gore and violence of the actual hunt, Ahab’s “harpoon,” we are told, “represents the unterrified gaze of the democratic artist who, on behalf of the lower orders, penetrates white walls concealing state...