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Herman Melville's Billy Budd

Padilla, David
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Padilla, David
Advisor
Howard, Alan
Abstract
This website is dedicated to helping students of literature -- at all levels -- better understand Herman Melville's complex short novel, Billy Budd. Decidedly, these pages are not designed as an on-line "Cliff's Notes" edition of the work. Nowhere will you find synopses which "explain" the story or reveal some "hidden meaning." Nothing in this site will provide definitive answers to the difficult questions which this text raises, nor will it provide a template for the student seeking a quick and easy solution to the various problems it poses. Rather, this site should serve merely to enrich one's reading of Billy Budd by providing readily more information than otherwise might be accessible to most students. The designer of this site has brought together resources which might help clarify Melville's dense vocabulary, provide a framework for some of the lines of allusion, help the student better visualize the naval scenes, and generally provide some structure for the student so that his reading is as full as possible. One should note, however, that everything included here presupposes that reading and understanding Billy Budd can ultimately only be the product of hard work and attention to detail. There can never be a substitute for engagement between reader and text. Still, one can better understand this story by grasping some key vocabulary, recognizing some key literary conventions, and being able to picture the flow of action. It is my hope that by employing this website as complementary to one's own reading that each student of Melville can to some extent better understand the skill and artistry of Billy Budd.
Language
English
Date Received
20161031
Published
University of Virginia, Department of English, MA (Master of Arts), 2000
Published Date
2000
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Notes
Originally published on the XRoads site for the UVA American Studies program. Years range from 1995-2005. Content is captured at the level of functionality available on the date of capture.
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
Related Resources
http://wayback.archive-it.org/5005/20141106170733/http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/bb/bb_main.html
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