Melville's Clarel and the Intersympathy of Creeds

Title

Melville's Clarel and the Intersympathy of Creeds

Authors

William Potter

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Description

In Melville's Clarel and the Intersympathy of Creeds, Potter examines the poem within a historical context and by so doing attempts to resolve some of the issues critics have asserted the poem presents. He reviews the burgeoning field of comparative religion in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and includes discussions of many of the theories and ideas of well-known figures of the time, such as Hegel, Hume, Müller, Emerson, Whitman, and Schopenhauer. Potter attempts to account for the huge abundance of non-Christian material that appears in the poem. He maintains that Melville answers the nineteenth-century questions of faith through the heterodoxical themes and ideas shared by all religions that lie beneath their very different doctrines--redemptive suffering, the tempered heart, and the aversion to worldliness.

ISBN

9780873387972

Publication Date

2004

Publisher

Kent State University Press

City

Kent, OH

Disciplines

Creative Writing | History | History of Religion | Poetry

Comments

Class of 1974