Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Date Information

May 2014

Department

English

First Advisor

Scott Nowka

Second Advisor

Theresa DeFrancis

Abstract

This work means to examine Moby-Dick through Bill Brown's use of methodological fetishism and to build upon his argument. The human-object dialectic is explored and flipped, providing a view of the novel in which the objects take precedent and create a collection of quasi-objects that distorts the typical approach of analysis through human action and thought. The objects in the novel act upon the humans in ways of their own - telling stories, taking on different roles, commanding the crew, and creating and destroying their quasi-object human counterparts.

Department

English

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

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