Abstract

This essay considers Robert Alter's reading of Job in The Art of Biblical Poetry. It uses his close reading of God's Whirlwind poem as a point of departure to discuss Melville's grand homage to Job in Moby-Dick. Special attention is given to Melville's response to the continental advocates of the aesthetic turn in biblical exegesis in his tantalizing juggling of physical and metaphysical leviathans.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3311
Print ISSN
0272-9601
Pages
pp. 233-253
Launched on MUSE
2008-01-17
Open Access
No
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