"A thing of heaven, and yet how frail": Herman Melville's Clarel and the American Religious Climate

Sarah Buchmeier

University of Illinois at Chicago

Sarah Buchmeier is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her dissertation constellates nineteenth-century American literary texts around the central question of secularity, its guarantees for moral and social progress as well as its claims to universality and neutrality.  Her research interests include nineteenth-century American literature, history and theory of the novel, and Biblical exegesis.


The recent emergence of postsecular criticism has opened up new avenues for cultural and literary studies by questioning the veracity of the secularization narrative and challenging its ubiquitousness, yet postsecular... [ view full abstract ]


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