Pierre: or, The Ambiguities | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Gillian Brown

This literature criticism consists of approximately 49 pages of analysis & critique of Pierre: or, The Ambiguities.
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Critical Essay by Gillian Brown

SOURCE: “Anti-Sentimentalism and Authorship in Pierre,” in Domestic Individualism: Imagining Self in Nineteenth-Century America, University of California Press, 1990, pp. 135-69.

In the following essay, Brown interprets Pierre as Melville's parody and critique of the typical sentimental domestic novel of his day, focusing on the author's handling of the role of the individual in American society.

Seventeen books into the narrative of Pierre; or, The Ambiguities, Melville abandons the chronology of Pierre's family history—the stuff of the sentimental novel—to announce: “I write precisely as I please.”1 This declaration of literary individualism heralds a satirical discussion of “Young America in Literature,” as typified by “the juvenile author” of “that delightful love-sonnet, entitled ‘The Tropical...

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