Moby Dick and “Black Blood”

  • Brian R. Pellar
Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)


In this chapter, Pellar shows the connection between “Black Blood,” slavery, “whitewashed negro,” and the albino Moby Dick, who, in a larger sense, was also a reflection of Melville himself. This identification of Melville with Moby Dick is seen in his last unpublished novel, Billy Budd, which autobiographically recounts how Melville’s (Billy’s) own inability to speak directly to authority and his lashing out in Pierre at the critics of Moby-Dick who accused him of mutiny (Claggart) on the Ship of State, ironically had helped to sink his own reputation and career.


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  • Brian R. Pellar
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