Compression, or, the Time Signature of Melville's Typee

Matthew Rebhorn

James Madison University

Matthew Rebhorn, panelist, is Roop Distinguished Professor of English at James Madison University. He is the author of Pioneer Performances: Staging the Frontier (Oxford UP, 2010), and his work has appeared in Nineteenth-Century Literature, ESQ, Callaloo, and Studies in the Novel, among others, and has been supported by Harvard University, the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He is currently completing a book entitled Minding the Body: The Conscious Body in Antebellum American Literature, and beginning work on a new book manuscript tentatively titled, Watchword: The Time Signatures of Antebellum American Literature.


Herman Melville’s first novel, Typee, begins as the character Tommo escapes from the painful time of drudgery onboard a western ship to engage in the pleasurable temporality of the Marquesas Islands, only to return, yet... [ view full abstract ]


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P24 » The Frontiers of Time (15:45 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment E)

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