Critical Insights: Billy Budd, Sailor

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, a literary theme, or film.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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May 2017 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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In-depth critical discussions of Herman Melville's novel - Plus complimentary, unlimited online access to the full content of this great literary reference.

Billy Budd stands as one of the most frequently taught and debated novellas in the American literary tradition. Because of its own powerful themes of justice, love, and faith expressed in carefully wrought prose that is at once lyrical and witty and because of its status as a representative work by the central figure in the US literary canon, Billy Budd is taugh frequently across the educational spectrum. The novella has gained special currency in recent years because of its evident connections with issues like national security and terrorism and same sex love and desire.

Critical Insights: Billy Budd will delve into Herman Melville’s short masterpiece. A frequently assigned and relatively brief work, Billy Budd deals explicitly with terrorism, human rights and national security. Essays will examine themes of sexuality, disability, law, capital punishment, and race.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index