Pierre: or, The Ambiguities | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by James Creech

This literature criticism consists of approximately 51 pages of analysis & critique of Pierre: or, The Ambiguities.
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Critical Essay by James Creech

SOURCE: “Pierre, or, The Ambiguities: A Camp Reading,” in Closet Writing/Gay Reading: The Case of Melville's Pierre, The University of Chicago Press, 1993, pp. 93-155.

In the following excerpt, Creech interprets Pierre as a covertly homoerotic novel, with Pierre's attraction to his father manifested through his feelings for Isabel.

Pierre's Two Fathers

“a Word to the Wise”

Pierre has few of the … obviously homoerotic themes which have now been so frequently acknowledged in Melville's other novels. Even beyond these difficult questions of homoerotic content, the wink, or its audience, it is in general difficult to know at all just what Melville himself consciously thought he was doing in Pierre. To complicate an already complicated question, there is reason to think, for example, that the...

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