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As you know, your annual dues provide you with a subscription to our award-winning journal Leviathan. What you may not know is that the Society also supports biennial international conferences and numerous outreach programs. In recent decades, The Melville Society has grown in size, diversity, and scope, and it now exceeds the boundaries of the typical single author society. Unfortunately, dues alone do not support our publications, conferences, and outreach, and the Melville Society must now ask for your additional financial support.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to The Melville Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, during our Bicentennial Drive commemorating the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth.
You may contribute now to help establish a new endowment in support of the range of the Society’s programs and activities, or give to sustain our Henry Murray Endowment, which supports Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies and other Society publications.
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Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies
Volume 22, Number 3 - October 2020
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Leviathan 22.3 is now available on Project Muse!
The issue includes essays by Nathan Wolff on Billy Budd and politics, Robin Miskolcze on Moby-Dick and contemporary documentary, Jonathan A. Cook on Melville and Hawthorne in the Berkshires, Johan Warodell on animal species in Melville’s fiction, and Dasha Sirotinskaya (Kuzina) on translating Mardi into Russian. It also features a poem by Taylor Centers on the Melvilles’ graves, book reviews of Geoffrey Sanborn’s The Value of Herman Melville by Elisa Tamarkin, Elizabeth Renker’s Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866-1900 by Martin Griffin, Natasha Hurley’s Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel by Jessica Floyd, and in Dawn Coleman’s Books in Brief section, Elizabeth Freeman’s Beside You in Time, John Arcudi’s From Hell’s Heart, and Brian Yothers’s Broadview Edition of “Benito Cereno.” In Extracts, Mary K. Bercaw Edwards’s All Astir column highlights virtual encounters with Melville during the pandemic. Gordon M. Poole examines Luc-François Granier's Dreams of Moby-Dick, and Ashley Gangi offers a new source for The Confidence-Man while Mark Howard provides new information about and an image of James German, who inspired a character in Omoo.
For information about subscribing to Leviathan, click here.
Announcing This Year's Hennig Cohen Prize Winner
Natasha Hurley for “Acquired Queerness: The Sexual Life
and Afterlife of Typee”
The Melville Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Hennig Cohen Prize for the year’s best chapter or essay on Herman Melville goes to Natasha Hurley for “Acquired Queerness: The Sexual Life and Afterlife of Typee,” chapter 1 of her monograph Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel (University of Minnesota Press, 2018).
The members of the Cohen Prize committee believe that Hurley's work will open up new conversations about Typee's role as a central yet often overlooked instance of Melville's queer writing, as well as a new methodology for historicizing the patterns of circulation and reception that render queerness legible.
Click here to read more about Hurley's work and review the annotated list of previous Cohen Prize winners.
Please join us in congratulating Natasha Hurley for this brilliant contribution to the field!
Robert K. Wallace has shared his illustrated blog essays covering all five days of the recent 12th International Melville Society Conference held in New York celebrating Melville's Bicentennial. To read the essays, you can click here or click the "Blogs" link above in the main menu. Thank you Professor Wallace!
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Featuring Videos from Our International Conferences and a Poetry Reading by Gordon Poole
Photo Gallery of the June 2019 New York Conference on Flickr
Thanks to the photographers and participants in 12th International Conference in New York last June
for sharing their memories and photos. .
Click here or on the photo below to view the New York album in the Melville Society Flickr gallery