Critical Insights: Billy Budd delves 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 examine themes of sexuality, disability, law, capital punishment, and race.
This volume opens with a brief discussion of Billy Budd's uniqueness in both American literary history and Herman Melville's oeuvre by Brian Yothers, who also supplies a brief biographical sketch of Melville.
Essays in this title include a range of topics, from considerations of Melville’s reading and the uncertain qualities of the manuscript that he left to posterity to discussions of the ways in which Billy Budd continues to inform discussions of religious, politics, law, and popular culture in the twenty-first century.
Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes.
- Herman Melville's Timeline
- Works by Melville
- About the Editor