Job's leviathan: Between Melville and Alter

Ilana Pardes*

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This essay considers Robert Alter's reading of Job in The Art of Biblical Poetry. It uses his close reading of God's Whirlwind poem as a point of departure to discuss Melville's grand homage to Job in Moby-Dick. Special attention is given to Melville's response to the continental advocates of the aesthetic turn in biblical exegesis in his tantalizing juggling of physical and metaphysical leviathans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-253
Number of pages21
JournalProoftexts - Journal of Jewish Literature History
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


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