Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Chair and Committee
By focusing on Melville's Mardi, Moby-Dick and Pierre, and by studying these works in the context of German romantic irony as defined by Friedrich Schlegel and practiced by Jean Paul Richter, this dissertation offers comparative readings of Melville's work that have not yet been explored. By placing these works in a German rather than a British context, this study hopes to illumine some of the structural qualities and philosophical concerns that angered Melville's contemporary critics and caused their fear that Melville's career had been ruined by his exposure to German literature.
Noll, Birgit, "Herman Melville and the German Roman" (2010). All Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). 897.