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John Samson

Associate Professor

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Email:john.samson@ttu.edu

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White Lies: Melville’s Narrative of Facts

Recontextualizing Eighteenth-Century American Narratives


Book

  • White Lies: Melville’s Narrative of Facts (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989), xii + 246 pp.

 

Edited Collection

  • Recontextualizing Eighteenth-Century American Narratives, With Daniel E. Williams. Special Issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 34(1993): 96 pp.

 

Book Chapters

  • “Socialism,” in American History through Literature 1870-1920, ed. Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst (Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006), pp. 1060-64.
  • “Wealth,” in American History through Literature 1870-1920, ed. Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006), pp. 1180-86.
  • “Melville,” in American Literary Scholarship2003, ed. Gary Scharnhorst (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), pp. 47-64.
  • “Melville,” in American Literary Scholarship2002, ed. David Nordloh (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), pp. 39-58.
  • “Melville,” in American Literary Scholarship2001, ed. Gary Scharnhorst (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003), pp. 49-65.
  • “Melville,” in American Literary Scholarship2000, ed. David Nordloh (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002), pp. 45-60.
  • “Melville,” in American Literary Scholarship1999, ed. Gary Scharnhorst (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001), pp. 53-69.
  • “Melville,” in American Literary Scholarship1998, ed. David Nordloh (Durham: Duke University Press, 2000), pp. 45-60.
  • “Melville,” in American Literary Scholarship1997, ed. Gary Scharnhorst (Durham: Duke University Press, 1999), pp. 45-60.
  • “Melville,” in American Literary Scholarship1996, ed. David Nordloh (Durham: Duke University Press, 1998), pp. 53-66.
  • “Melville,” in American Literary Scholarship1995, ed. Gary Scharnhorst (Durham: Duke University Press, 1997), pp. 49-59.
  • “Personal Narratives, Journal and Diaries,” in America and the Sea: A Literary History, ed. Haskell Springer (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995), pp. 83-98.
  • “Religion in Contemporary American Fiction,” in Religion and Society in Contemporary America, ed. Donald Turner Heidelberg: German American Institute [American Studies Background Paper No. 1], 1984), pp. 18-28.

 

Articles

  • “Melville’s Theoretical Territory: Elemental Contingency and Nomadic Lines of Flight,” Intertexts 2(1998): 62-73.
  • “Introduction,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 34(1993): 195-98.
  • “Politics Gothicized: The Conway Incident and The Castle of Otranto,” Eighteenth-Century Life 10(1986): 145-58.
  • “Profaning the Sacred: Melville’s Omoo and Missionary Narratives,” American Literature 56(1984): 496-508.
  • “The Dynamics of History and Fiction in Melville’s Typee,” American Quarterly 36(1984): 276-90.
  • “Hawthorne’s Oak Trees,” American Literature 52(1980): 457-61.

 

Encyclopedia Entries

  • An Encyclopedia of American Literature of the Sea and Great Lakes, ed. Jill B. Gidmark (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001): “[Clemens, Samuel Langhorne] ‘Mark Twain,’” pp. 82-83; “Martin Eden,” pp. 266-67; “Omoo,” pp. 340-41; “A Romance of the Sea-Serpent,” pp. 382-83; “The Sea-Wolf,” p. 404; “Typee,” pp. 452-53; and “White-Jacket,” p. 471.

 

Reviews

  • Reconstituting the American Renaissance by Jay Grossman. Intertexts 6(2004): 97-99.
  • The Sign of the Cannibal, by Geoffrey Sanborn. Nineteenth-Century Literature 54(1999): 253-55.
  • The Sea Voyage Narrative, by Robert Foulke. The American Neptune 58(1998): 389
  • Puritan London,” by Tai Liu. The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography, n.s. 12(1992): 100-01.
  • The Pastoral Mode, by Brian Loughery.  The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography n.s. 10(1989): 474.
  • Marvell, Nabokov: Childhood and Arcadia, by Michael Long. The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography n.s. 10(1989): 665.
  • The Sagebrush Bohemian: Mark Twain in California, by Nigey Lennon. Western Historical Quarterly 23(1992): 371-72.

 

Editor

  • The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 1986-89, 1992

 

Editorial Board

  • The Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation, 1984-present;
  • Intertexts, 1997-present;
  • Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, 2006-present