Stanton Garner obtained his Ph.D. in American Literature from Brown University.2010 0-7734-3707-X
This work takes a new and decisive look at Herman Melville’s final work of prose fiction, Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative)
. While exploring the novel’s textual, scholarly and critical history, Garner argues that Melville created two Billy Budds and that they exist as co-extensive narratives—one superimposed on the other, both tales occupying the same textual space, using the same words. These narratives operate in a shell-kernel relationship with the outside narrative providing cover for the nestled inside narrative.