Surrounding Infinite of Things': The Object Life of Redburn and MOOOby-Dick​​

Christopher Castiglia

Penn State University

Christopher Castiglia is the Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Pennsylvania State University. His books include Bound and Determined: Captivity, Culture-Crossing and White Womanhood from Mary Rowlandson to Patty Hearst (Chicago), Interior States: Institutional Consciousness and the Inner Life of Democracy in the Antebellum US (Duke UP), (with Christopher Reed) If Memory Serves: AIDS, Unremembering and Queer Subculture (Minnesota), and, most recently, The Practice of Hope: Literary Criticism in Disenchanted Times (NYU Press). He has served as co-editor-in-chief of J19: the Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists and has edited an edition of Walt Whitman’s Franklin Evans.


Christopher Castiglia's paper begins with the observation that Redburn is almost entirely devoid of plot and is, instead, a novel of descriptions.  But objects in Redburn are far from passive material for human... [ view full abstract ]


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