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erman M elville , C orrespondence 193–94 (Lynn Horth ed., 1993). What Romain Rolland later terms the oceanic feeling turns out to represent a longing to be immersed in a corporate form; we don’t transcend painful, isolated individuality by trying to merge with Nature, but the corporation. As in Mardi , the pantheist spreads or merges into the immense body of Nature or the planet itself. Often used to evoke experiences of reverie with Nature, the discourse of merger generates a language of both social connection and utter disindividuation. As he grows more cynical

the more surprising given the ‘immense role that law plays in American society’. Echoing Tushnet's concern with the ‘marginality’ of legal scholarship, is Matthew W. Finkin, Reflections on Labor Law Scholarship and Its Discontents: The Reveries of Monsieur Verog Essay , 46 U niv . M iami L. R ev . 1101 (1991). Finkin argues that this is not an isolated view (citing the largely negative assessments given of academic lawyers from Becher's study). He comments that it seems ‘that a great intellectual feast is being held, a veritable Banquet of Ideas, to which law