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Bartleby

refuses to associate with others or even to mingle with other employees. [Am. Lit.: Melville Bartleby the Scrivener]

Bartleby

copyist in Wall Street office; refuses to do anything but copy documents. [Am. Lit.: “Bartleby the Scrivener”]
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She shows how Nikolai Gogol's story "The Overcoat" and Herman Melville's novella Bartleby the Scrivener precede the more extreme images of nothing of the twentieth century.
"I would prefer not to," said Bartleby the scrivener in Melville's tale in 1853.
Convenience Store Woman joins the literature of refusal, along with Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" (the clerk who "prefers not to"), Beckett's minimal humans, who dwell in trash bins and sand heaps, and Kafka's hapless office workers, who try to remain invisible while being watched.
They include characters who have antisocial personality disorder, schizophrenia, hoarding disorder, dissociative amnesia, substance use disorder, AspergerAEs syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, pediatric psychiatric disease, frontal lobe syndrome, and others, such as Samson, Henry Jekyll, Sherlock Holmes, and characters in Nicolai GogolAEs Diary of a Madman, Herman MelvilleAEs Bartleby the Scrivener, GogolAEs Dead Souls and The Nose, Winnie the Pooh, works by Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe, HomerAEs The Iliad and The Odyssey, ShakespeareAEs Macbeth, Bram StokerAEs Dracula, and James JoyceAEs oA Painful Case,o as well as the painting The Village School by Jan Steen.
My goal is not to score or measure students against preconceived expectations but to encourage the unexpected, the breakthrough response that is utterly new, different, and thus exciting-such as a recent student analysis of Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" in light of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, an approach that made me rethink the story altogether The operative word here is "think." Students attend college, in part, to learn how to think, and we help them engage deeply in "critical thinking " Wouldn't it then be hypocritical to take their thoughtful reflections and score them like mindless robots, circling or checking little boxes?
In Bartleby the Scrivener, Melville "tries his hand at the Orphic style" (277)--to quote Raymond Weaver.
(1.) Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener (Perfection Learning, 1980), 37.
This article hopes to develop Agamben's initial comments and observations on studying by (a) demonstrating the relationship between study and the experience of potentiality, (b) elaborating on Agamben's own example of Bartleby the Scrivener as the paradigmatic studier, and (c) gesturing toward a collective, public form of study which Agamben neglects to address.
Suzanne Gilbert addresses similarities between Scottish and American outlaw-hero ballads, and Susan Manning draws on even more uncanny similarities between the work of the poet Robert Fergusson and Herman Melville's 'Bartleby the Scrivener'.
And then there is Melville's immortal "Bartleby the Scrivener," about a New York lawyer whose clerk "would prefer not" to do anything and sits like a lump in the office.
Semrau, Janusz (ed.) 2009 "Will you tell me any thing about yourself?" Co-memorative essays on Herman Melville's "Bartleby the scrivener".
"Melville's 'Bartleby' and Carlyle." A Symposium: Bartleby the Scrivener. Ed.