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American SympathyMen, Friendship, and Literature in the New Nation$
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Caleb Crain

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300083323

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300083323.001.0001

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The Heart Ruled Out: Melville's Palinode

The Heart Ruled Out: Melville's Palinode

(p.238) 6 The Heart Ruled Out: Melville's Palinode
American Sympathy

Caleb Crain

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Herman Melville's Billy Budd. It argues that that Billy Budd fits well as the capstone to the earlier sentimental configuration that this book has been describing—that is, as a text written to convey the feelings of one man for another, replacing a more direct union between the two individuals, such that this indirection provides a wider scope for artistic experiment, self-knowledge, and emotional license while remaining sensitive to the violence and sacrifice this substitution may entail.

Keywords:   Herman Melville, Billy Budd, men, feelings

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