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Critical Essay by Brook Thomas

SOURCE: "The Writer's Procreative Urge in Pierre: Fictional Freedom or Convoluted Incest?" in Studies in the Novel, Vol. XI, No. 4, Winter, 1979, pp. 416-30.

In the essay that follows, Thomas studies the significance of human procreation as a figure for writing in Melville's Pierre; the title character's unsuccessful attempt to free himself of his family's past reveals the extent to which the authority of a text's author is fictional.

One need not subscribe to Edward Said's implied historical schema, which seeks to establish the possibility for a new beginning because of, rather than in spite of, a doubt about origins, to agree with him that much narrative fiction in the nineteenth century is linked intimately with an attempt to reproduce in language the mysteries of human procreation...

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