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Dolores W. Frese
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 46556-4635)

Melville's Israel Potter: History as Fiction and Fiction as History

To analyze historical and fictive modes in Melville's Israel Potter. by closely considering Melville's inventions and expansion on his documentary source--a pamphlet circulated in 1824 detailing the unsuccessful pension claims of a Revolutionary War veteran--this study will provide insights into the creative process and will closely focus some of the historical sources of the American dream and disillusionment that emerge in Melville's elaborate fictive.

Project fields:
American Literature

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Total amounts:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1974 – 8/31/1974