The Melville Society is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville, writer of Typee, Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd, such short stories as “Bartleby” and “Benito Cereno,” and several volumes of poetry, including Battle-Pieces and the epic Clarel.
We publish the award-winning journal Leviathan and meet twice a year for fellowship and scholarly discourse at the annual conferences of the Modern Language Association and the American Literature Association. We also sponsor International Conferences and tours every other year.
Membership and Donations
Membership in The Melville Society is open to all. For information about joining The Melville Society click here. If you want to make a special payment or if you are interested in donating to any of the various projects, endowments, and programs sponsored by The Melville Society, click here.
Events and Announcements
MLA 2018 Annual Convention, New York, NY
4 to 7 January 2018
Melville Society Panel
Friday, January 05, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Sheraton - New York Ballroom East
Information about the Annual Melville Society Dinner forthcoming.
Check back soon.
Political Philosophy in Melville
Organizer & Chair, Munia Bhaumik (Emory University)
1. Michael Jonik (University of Sussex)
"Diogenes in Disguise": Cynicism and Politics in The Confidence-Man"
2. Ana Schwartz (University of Pennsylvania)
3. Paulo M. Loonin (Washington University in St. Louis)
"Melville and Democratic Portraiture: Moby-Dick as American Laocoon"
4. Nathan Wolf (Tufts University)
"'Dead then I'll be': Melville, Hobbes, and the Death of Politics"
Respondent, Jennifer Greiman (Wake Forest University)
Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies
Vol. 19 – No. 3
Leviathan 19.3 is up on Project Muse! It includes a cluster of essays on Clarel by Zachary McLeod Hutchins, Neal Schleifer, Karen Lentz Madison and R. D. Madison, and Brian Yothers; essays on "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids" and Pierre by Jonathan A. Cook and Susanna Compton Underland; poetry by Robert Farrell and Diane Raptosh; book reviews by Colin Dewey and Dawn Coleman; and Extracts. Melville Society members, look for your print copies in the mail over the next couple of weeks!
Membership in the Melville Society includes a Leviathan subscription.
Click here for information about Society membership.
Photo Gallery of the June 2017 London Conference on Flickr
Thanks to the photographers and participants in 11th International Conference in London last June
for sharing their memories and photos.
Click in the menu above to view the "Photos" page for a gallery of photos from the London 2017 conference.
NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
The New Bedford Whaling Museum
Application Deadline is March 1, 2018
Amount of stipend varies according to weeks of participation:
one week ($1,200), two weeks ($2,100), three weeks ($2,700), or four weeks ($3,300).
Click the image below for application instructions.
Tim Marr has announced that the Melville Society Cultural Project's collaboration with the New Bedford Whaling Museum has been awarded funding for a NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers that will take place at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts from June 17-30, 2018.
You can use the link below to download for distribution the full press release. Here are some excerpts:
The New Bedford Whaling Museum, in association with Melville Society Cultural Project, has been awarded a $136,342 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant will fund a two-week Summer Institute for Teachers in 2018, which will illuminate the art and context of Herman Melville’s famous 19th century American novel Moby-Dick, and help teachers from across the country interpret the book for 21st century students.
Six nationally recognized scholars make up the Melville Society Cultural Project, aimed at sharing an understanding of Herman Melville’s writings, life, and times. They will serve as principal faculty of the Institute: Jennifer Baker, New York University; Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, University of Connecticut; Wyn Kelley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Chris Sten, George Washington University; Robert K. Wallace, Northern Kentucky University; and Timothy Marr, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as the Institute Director.
“The Melville Society Cultural Project is delighted to partner with the Whaling Museum to bring teachers from around the country to New Bedford, the historical center of American whaling,” said Tim Marr, Director of the Summer Institute for Teachers. “From there we will journey forth together on Melville’s Pequod in quest of Moby-Dick, a text that swims on and is crucially relevant for understanding our human dilemmas in the 21st century.”
The Institute will be hosted at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, Massachusetts is a meaningful location for intensive study of Herman Melville’s masterpiece in the context of the whaling industry. Melville arrived in New Bedford on Christmas day 1840 and shipped nine days later on the Acushnet from Fairhaven across the harbor. Since 2000, the Whaling Museum has partnered with the Melville Society Cultural Project to offer scholarly programming, and the Museum is home to the Melville Society Archive, which constitutes one of the best collections of Melville scholarship anywhere in the world.
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