This is a study showing how Melville consciously used myths, mythologies, comparative mythology & mythological theories in his major works.
Preface
Acknowledgments
Melville & the gods
Mardi: a study of myths & mythmaking
Moby-Dick: an Egyptian myth incarnate
Pierre; or, The Ambiguities: the petrifaction of myth
Worldly safety & otherworldly saviors: Bartleby: The ascetic's advent; Benito Cereno: The ascetic's agony; The ascetics' allegorical masquerade
The Cofidence-Man: the destroyer's Eastern masquerade
Billy Budd; or, Bili-Budd: the last avatar
The wake of the gods
Notes
A selected index of non-Judaic-Christian gods, myths & religions in Melville's works
General Index