"Some more than human clime": divine ecology in Melville's Clarel

Alexander Eisenthal

University of Pennsylvania

Alexander Eisenthal is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Before Penn, he studied at Cambridge University (BA, English) and the University of Sussex (MA, Critical Theory). He writes about American literature in relation to labor history, theories of progress, and the history of immigration. He has taught courses on Melville and the history of tragedy. His dissertation project, The Imported Radical: Jews and the Population of U.S. Literature, examines the impact of mass Jewish immigration on the emerging demographic imaginary in late nineteenth-century America. He has presented work at ACLA, ASA, and INCS.


Clarel: a Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (1876) depicts a spiritual struggle between faith and science. When it comes to the poem's lengthy treatment of "clime" however, religion and materialist science are harder to... [ view full abstract ]


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