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“Once Gone Through, We Trace Round Again”: The Cyclical Journey Of Belief And Unbelief In Herman Melville's Later Works, Emily Pamela Butler-Probst Jan 2018

“Once Gone Through, We Trace Round Again”: The Cyclical Journey Of Belief And Unbelief In Herman Melville's Later Works, Emily Pamela Butler-Probst

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis explores Herman Melville's struggling relationship between belief and unbelief in Moby-Dick, “Benito Cereno” and Clarel. Melville’s travel to the Marquesas gave him a sense of cultural relativity which prompted questions about his faith that continually remerged even as he found answers. In spite of overwhelming skepticism, Melville was unwilling to fully relinquish his faith because belief also offered comfort. Being trapped in a space where he could not fully believe but was equally unable to detach himself from faith, Melville discovered Ralph Waldo Emerson’s concept of double consciousness which served as a theoretical framework for ...


Jane, Oakley Chad Merideth Jan 2016

Jane, Oakley Chad Merideth

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Jane is a collection of poetry that investigates the connections between the (seemingly disconnected) material and immaterial domains, ultimately by mediating both realms through a direct experience of the divine. The thesis consists of three individual sections which progress into a final long piece that illustrates how such an experience affects the individual on an ontological level wherein distinctions between the objective and subjective are dissolved. Prior to this, Jane explores how objects and subjects interact with each other and themselves, treating both as uncanny articulations of Being. It also utilizes biblical texts (and the events, characters, and items within ...