Abstract

Abstract:

This essay explores alternative ways to consider Melville’s anti-dualism in the light of the new materialist turn. Through a close reading of “The Mast-Head” chapter in Moby-Dick, I reclaim the relevance of the body’s incorporeality in order to complicate the Cartesian separation between mind and matter on which the chapter has been understood to rely. Rather than negating or collapsing distinctions between ontological categories, Melville’s apparent oppositions reveal the connections and relations that mediate between them. “The Mast-Head” encourages a redefinition of our customary objectivist idea of the body even as it helps us rethink other Melvillean dualities.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1750-1849
Print ISSN
1525-6995
Pages
pp. 68-82
Launched on MUSE
2019-07-12
Open Access
No
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