The Characteristic Theology of Herman Melville
Aesthetics, Politics, Duplicity
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"That great sea monster of a novel, Moby-Dick, has alternatively been celebrated as a product of good Protestant theology and as a work of anti-Christian blasphemy. Melville himself called it a 'wicked book.' In this expansive reassessment of Melville's career, we meet an author who passes through the theological nihilism of Moby-Dick to forge an aesthetics of subjectivity. This is a bold, provocative, sometimes disturbing book, important for students of literature, philosophy, and theology."
Charles Sturt University, Sydney
"A beautiful performance of the labor of thinking. The range of conversation partners--from Hegel and Zizek to Dave Eggers, Lawrence Sterne, and Clement Greenberg--is exhilarating. The focus on 'character' in all its senses very fruitfully reorganizes the terms of the encounter between philosophy, theology, and politics. And the canon is expanded. Apparently Herman Melville did not just write 'Bartleby,' Billy Budd, and Moby Dick."
University of Glasgow