Essays and Appreciations in Honor of Michael J. Colacurcio’s 50 Years of Teaching
Edited By Carol M. Bensick
Deceptive Appearances: Anti-Romance and Anti-Travelogue Beneath the Surface in Melville’s Typee
At the second meeting of a graduate Melville seminar at UCLA in Spring 1988, Michael Colacurcio stymied us with one of his characteristically disorienting questions: “Is Typee just an innocent first book that has accumulated a lot of complex critical problems because of the reputation of Melville’s later books?” Twenty-seven years after he posed this question, I would like to venture an answer, or at least a partial one.
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