As pertains to the current study, those variants are distant in concern from the Melvillean
influence I here address, not only with regard to Darkness at Noon, but with attention to Koestler's several autobiographies, all of which he composed in English.
Buoyed by his sense of Melville's "resilience" (90) and his own "multi-faceted approach" (25) to Melville's texts, Hayes manages to be rewarding for beginners and seasoned Melvilleans
(19) Compare to the vivacious, almost Melvillean
exuberance of figurative language, in this account of stripping down in the open air, as if a pendent to "I am mad for it to be in contact with me":
If we take seriously Stoddard's claim (articulated in a later story) that much of what his characters know about South Seas island life is learned from Melville, we begin to see that at the moment when Stoddard is most formally (apostrophically) Whitmanian he is at least equal parts Melvillean
We shift to a few lines devoted to the nature of whiteness--not whiteness as some Melvillean
symbol of the inscrutability of the universe, but whiteness as further evidence of the speaker's uneasy emotional state and solipsism.
(14) While Middle Passage abounds with allusions to Moby-Dick, another source of its Melvillean
overtones is the thematics and politics of perception in Benito Cereno.
But attendant crosses and double-crosses by peripheral characters and a master villain (a magnificently cold, genuinely Melvillean
Michel Duchaussoy) soon decimate the cast in a series of elaborately choreographed, atmospheric rubouts.
However, the scenes in both novels, in their shared details, evoke a vision of the Inferno, and Wright, through a Melvillean
parody, elevates the terror of a black man above the sensational and journalistic.
But with the retirement of our Melvillean
Shakespearean, Shakespeare is now up for grabs.
The Old Man and the Sea simply continues the Melvillean
hunt for "the great principle of light," whether this be incarnated in the white whale or the marlin of "huge eye" (p.
They take a Melvillean
voyage into knowledge, pushing off from an inner island of safety into a sea of awareness of their own capacity for evil, a place from which Ishmael says "thou canst never return."(8) But worse, since this vulnerability is due to an inner emptiness, an absence of both identity and conviction, making Converse and Holliwell easy victims of cynicism, resignation and despair.
Despite this Melvillean
quarrel with Leverenz, I find his case engaging and compelling.