Carroll, Bret E.
SAGE Publications, Inc.
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American Masculinities: A Historical Encyclopedia
Herman Melville's Moby Dick; or, The Whale (1851) describes Captain Ahab of the whaling ship Pequod and his quest to kill the white whale that took his leg on an earlier whale hunt. This self-destructive mission ends with the death of Ahab and his crew, with the single exception of Ishmael, the book's narrator. The novel dramatizes the concerns of American middle-class men in the emerging capitalist marketplace of the mid–nineteenth century. The novel negotiates meanings of bourgeois manhood and same-sex relations, as well as man's precarious relationship to nature.
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