Abstract

Abstract:

Since the 1950s, critics have made a case for the contemporary relevance of Herman Melville's The Confidence-Man, connecting it to the events and crises in their present moments. This critical gesture raises the specter of anachronism, but rather than a failing or misstep, anachronism becomes essential to the project of critique itself. Melville's novel thus provides an opportunity for reexamining the temporality of critique with particular attention to its claims and objectives.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1750-1849
Print ISSN
1525-6995
Pages
pp. 60-68
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-30
Open Access
No
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