Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Antebellum at SeaMaritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jason Berger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677061

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677061.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MINNESOTA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.minnesota.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MNSO for personal use.date: 20 June 2021

The Sublime Abject of Democracy: Melville’s “Floating Imperium”

The Sublime Abject of Democracy: Melville’s “Floating Imperium”

Chapter:
(p.197) Chapter 6 The Sublime Abject of Democracy: Melville’s “Floating Imperium”
Source:
Antebellum at Sea
Author(s):

Jason Berger

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677061.003.0007

This chapter examines Herman Melville’s White-Jacket’s, a novel that describes the loss of democratic rights within the Neversink’s martial structure and reveals the bizarre and repugnant excesses that sustain new manifestations of normative law. The novel exposes a traumatic ontological shift toward what can be seen as a totalitarian realm. The chapter discusses how Melville dramatizes a precarious consolidation of power that prefigures modern America’s move toward a veritable state of exception within the context of antebellum debates about flogging.

Keywords:   Herman Melville, White-Jacket, normative law, totalitarian realm, flogging, Democracy

Minnesota Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.