[ Reading ] ➿ Melville's Clarel and the Intersympathy of Creeds Author William Potter – Justinfoline.us

Melville's Clarel and the Intersympathy of CreedsIf Ever This Dreadful Incubus Of A Book Clarel I Call It So Because It Has Undermined All Our Happiness Gets Off Herman S Shoulders I Do Hope He May Be In Better Mental Health But At Present I Have Reason To Feel The Gravest Concern Anxiety About It To Put It In Mild Phrase Letter From Elizabeth Melville To Catherine Gansevoort, 1876 Clarel, An 18,000 Line Poem, Is One Of The Longest Examples Of The Faith Doubt Genre That Arose In Victorian Times And One That Has Largely Been Ignored By Melville Critics Author William Potter Argues That Melville S Poem Clarel Is Actually A Study In Comparative Religion One That Explores Faith In The Post Darwinian Age It Was Written At A Crossroads In Western Thought, When Science, Technology, Nationalism, And Imperialism Were Reshaping The World, And In The Process Ushered In The Modern Age Potter Proposes That The Poem Explains That Science May Have Altered Our Perception Of The World, But It Cannot Eradicate The Basic Human Need For Faith, Which Is Timeless And Therefore Encompasses Far Than The Concerns Of Western Christianity 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, Muller, 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 Melville S Clarel And The Intersympathy Of Creeds Will Entice Melville Scholars And Is A Much Anticipated Critical Study Of The Literature.

[ Reading ] ➿ Melville's Clarel and the Intersympathy of Creeds Author William Potter – Justinfoline.us
  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Melville's Clarel and the Intersympathy of Creeds
  • William Potter
  • English
  • 09 April 2019
  • 9780873387972

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    Like so many other characters in Clarel, Nathan s ferocious retreat into orthodoxy becomes a means to escape the overwhelming complexities and ultimate meaninglessness of the contemporary world But such a retreat is decidedly at odds with the rhetorical strategy of Clarel, which constantly affirms that the world cannot be escaped the next great religious pattern I shall identify in the poem which I call the tempered heart requires of the believer to both face and endure the hardships of the world In this regard, he shares a similar viewpoint as Nehemiah, who, of all people, questions Nathan s turn to Judaism in canto 1.22 he sadly exclaims Poor Nathan, did man ever strayAs thou to Judaize to day To deem the crook of Christ shall yieldTo Aaron s staff to till thy fieldIn hope that harvest time shall seeSolomon s hook in golden gleeReaping the ears Well, well meseems Heaven help him, dreams, but dreams dreams, dreams 77 84 That Clarel, to whom Nehemiah is speaking, tacitly agrees with this is reflected in his recognition of the irony involved, for he is left Conjecturing that Nathan too Must needs...

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