Herman Melville- Bartleby and 19th c

Herman Melville- Bartleby and 19th c - 19th Century...

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19 th  Century: American Renaissance Development of fiction, not just essays and diaries, prior to Civil War, US began to emerge as thriving society, frontiers open, also  known as Romanticism, inventions (Franklin in 18 th  c), growth of middle class- we now see growth of industry, assembly line, not  everyone is rich plantation owner, etc, literature flew away from didactic rule as service of politics, religion to explore fiction; more as  prophets and see-ers as authors, imaginative literature grew, fiction and poetry General characteristics of writing: faith in individual (anti-Calvinist, goes away of 18 th  century deal of society), idea of intuition above  anything else, age of Reason, everything could be answered by reason, society is a place of corruption as much as place for 
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Unformatted text preview: goodness, 18 th century is all abt society being good composed of good people, now nature is a source of goodness (Whitman, Emerson, Melville is that in spirit—but writes about anti-nature) • Melville: Bartleby the Scrivner (writer, copyist) • This story is abt assembly line production in a white collar job • Melville is the opposite of Whitman- Whitman talks abt the abundance of nature; Melville talks of the workplace and the rich man’s money • Bartleby- one of the copyists, boring job, laborious job, story stands for • NOTES ON BLACKBOARD...
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  • Spring '09
  • Romanticism, Melville, collar job Melville, abt assembly line, poetry General characteristics

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