Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Date Information

May 2014

Department

English

Department

English

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

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.

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