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Antebellum at Sea: Maritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America

Jason Berger


In the antebellum years, the Western world’s symbolic realities were expanded and challenged as merchant, military, and scientific activity moved into Pacific and Arctic waters. This book explores the roles that early nineteenth-century maritime narratives played in conceptualizing economic and social transitions in the developing global market system and what these chronicles disclose about an era marked by immense change. Focusing on the work of James Fenimore Cooper and Herman Melville, the book enhances our understanding of how the nineteenth century negotiated its own tenuous progress by ... More

Keywords: antebellum years, maritime narratives, James Fenimore Cooper, Herman Melville, Slavoj Žižek, fantasy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677061
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677061.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Berger, author