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Words are Things

Herman Melville and the Invention of Authorship in Nineteenth-Century America


André Kaenel

Contents: «Words are Things»: Literature and Politics in an Age of Anxiety - Public Author, Private Genius: Toward a Poetics of Failure - Fashioning an Authorial Self: Egotism, Anonymity, and Literary Property - Typee and Pierre: Genre, Gender and Domesticity - Authors on the Democratic Ship of State: White-Jacket and Billy Budd - Words as Words: Character and Capital in The Confidence-Man - «Permanent Literary Fame»: Words and Things in the (Re)Invention of Melville.