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American Palestine

 
지은이 : Hilton Obenzinger
출판사 : Princeton
페이지수 : 320
ISBN : 0691009732
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In the nineteenth century, American tourists, scholars, evangelists, writers, and artists flocked to Palestine as part of a "Holy Land mania." Many saw America as a New Israel, a modern nation chosen to do God's work on Earth, and produced a rich variety of inspirational art and literature about their travels in the original promised land, which was then part of Ottoman-controlled Palestine. In American Palestine, Hilton Obenzinger explores two "infidel texts" in this tradition: Herman Melville's Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (1876) and Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad: or, The New Pilgrims' Progress (1869). As he shows, these works undermined in very different ways conventional assumptions about America's divine mission.


In the darkly philosophical Clarel, Melville found echoes of Palestine's apparent desolation and ruin in his own spiritual doubts and in America's materialism and corruption. Twain's satiric travelogue, by contrast, mocked the romantic naivet of Americans abroad, noting the incongruity of a "fantastic mob" of "Yanks" in the Holy Land and contrasting their exalted notions of Palestine with its prosaic reality. Obenzinger demonstrates, however, that Melville and Twain nevertheless shared many colonialist and orientalist assumptions of the day, revealed most clearly in their ideas about Arabs, Jews, and Native Americans.


Combining keen literary and historical insights and careful attention to the context of other American writings about Palestine, this book throws new light on the construction of American identity in the nineteenth century.

Hilton Obenzinger is a critic, novelist, and poet. Winner of the American Book Award, his previous works include New York on Fire and Cannibal Eliot and the Lost Histories of San Francisco. He teaches American literature and writing at Stanford University. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Preface: Manias and Materialities ix

Acknowledgments xix

PART ONE: Excavating American Palestine

Chapter One Holy Lands and Settler Identities 3

Chapter Two George Sandys: "Double Travels" and Colonial Encounters 14

Chapter Three "Christianography" and Covenant 24

Chapter Four Reading and Writing Sacred Geography 39

PART Two: "The Fatal Embrace of the Deity": Herman Melville's Pilgrimage to Failure in Clarel

Chapter Five "A Profound Remove": Annihilation and Covenant 63

Chapter Six "That Strange Pervert": The Puritan Zionist 84

Chapter Seven "The Great Jewish Counterfeit Detector": Warder Cresson, "Carnal" Hermeneutics, and Zion's Body 114

Chapter Eight Ungar "His Way Eccentric": The Confederate Cherokee's Map of Palestine 138

PART THREE: The Guilties Abroad: Mark Twain's Comic Appropriation of the Holy Land in Innocents Abroad

Chapter Nine Authority and Authenticity 161

Chapter Ten The Jaffa Colonists and Other Failures 177

Chapter Eleven "A White Man So Nervous and Uncomfortable and Savage" 190

Chapter Twelve "Rejected Gospels": The Boyhood of Jesus 198

Chapter Thirteen Reverence and Race 216

Chapter Fourteen The "Cultivated Negro" and the Curse of Ham 227

Chapter Fifteen Desolating Narrations: Tom Sawyer's Crusade 248

Chapter Sixteen Desolating Narrations: "Der Jude Mark Twain" 262

Notes 275

Index 311

American Palestine is an incisive, well-informed, and consistently engaging book. -- Robert Milder, Nineteenth-Century Literature
"American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania is a strong and insightful study that sheds light on an important geographic-cultural landscape that shapes American culture. By focusing on the ideological construction of late Nineteenth-century Palestine in the American imagination, Obenzinger shows that this imagination contains much more than meets the eye of those who only look at the domestic spaces of Melville and Twain. Both writers traveled to Palestine, and the texts they produced about these experiences have been deeply and intimately related to their perceptions of, and contributions to, U.S. national culture, which has been obsessed, as the book so persuasively shows, with images and beliefs about "the Holy Land." Obenzinger writes beautifully about Melville's melancholic and Twain's humorous treatment of Palestine and its significance for U.S. culture. "

"I expected more from Hilton Obenzinger's book American Palestine. Though there are nuggets that can be mined about 19th Century American fascination with the Holy Land in this book, Obenzinger seems to be more enthralled with literary theory and jargon than with a straight forward analysis of Mellville's poem and Mark Twain's travelogue.

Mr. Obenzinger seems to know his American history; but, he seems to want to make the argument that Zionism is an American phenomena linked to Christian yearning for the second coming of Christ. The roots of Zionism predate the nineteenth century. Modern Political Zionism finds its roots in Classic Liberalism's failure to protect Jews with the rise of modern anti-semitism (Anti-semitism being a term coined in the latter half of the 19th century. Vienna had the honor of electing the first mayor who campaigned on an Anti-Semetic platform.) In effect, Modern Political Zionism was a Jewish response to the rise of European nationalism. He gives too much credit where credit is not due weakening the thrust of his entire argument.

I was surprised that Mr. Obenzinger did not try to deconstruct Melville's poem's title Clarel where one may argue that it may mean Brightness of God, Clearness of God, God's Famous and then relate it to the text.

I was not surprised that Mr. Obenzinger had to analyze Twain's humor. Something is lost on the way.

Overall, it seems that Mr. Obenzinger wishes to make the claim that he understands Mellville and Twain better than they understood themselves. I leave that to the verdict of the readers. For me, I have my doubts. "
   
 
   
 
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