By Jason Berger
In the antebellum years, the Western world’s symbolic realities have been accelerated and challenged as service provider, army, and medical task moved into Pacific and Arctic waters. In Antebellum at Sea, Jason Berger explores the jobs that early nineteenth-century maritime narratives performed in conceptualizing fiscal and social transitions within the constructing international marketplace procedure and what those chronicles divulge approximately an period marked by means of significant change.
Focusing at the paintings of James Fenimore Cooper and Herman Melville, Berger complements our figuring out of the way the 19th century negotiated its personal tenuous development by means of portraying how a variety of maritime tales lays naked anxious reports of the recent. Berger attracts on Slavoj Žižek’s Lacanian idea of myth as a way to think again the complicated means maritime debts operated within the political panorama of antebellum the United States, interpreting subject matters akin to the functionality of maritime hard work information inside of a metamorphosis of medical wisdom, nervousness produced by means of clash among gender-specific and culture-specific kinds of entertainment, and the way criminal practices light up troubling juridical paradoxes on the center of Polk-era political life.
Addressing the information of the antebellum age from unforeseen and revealing views, Berger calls at the notion of delusion to contemplate how antebellum maritime literature disputes traditional perspectives of yankee background, literature, and nationwide identity.
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Antebellum at Sea: Maritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America by Jason Berger