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Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies appears three times a year in March, June, and October. We welcome articles, notes, reviews, and creative writing on the life, works, and influence of novelist and poet Herman Melville (1819-1891). Click here for more information.
The Melville Electronic Library is an online resource for Melville texts. Housed on a Hofstra University server, MEL is being developed and maintained by a group of Melville scholars and digital specialists.
To join the Melvillle Society and subscribe to Leviathan, visit Leviathan's Johns Hopkins University Press journal site by clicking here.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum in collaboration with The Melville Society is the established home of the Melville Society Cultural Project and Melville Society Archive. The Melville Society Archive is housed at the New Bedford Whaling Museum's Research Library, where significant works from this collection are also on display. The Melville Society Cultural Project also sponsors a book donation program and presents exciting annual events including the Moby-Dick Marathon and a Birthday Lecture.
Call for Papers
American Literature Association Conference
Two Panels Sponsored by the Melville Society
May 22-25, 2014
Herman Melville’s Poetic (Dis)continuities
Herman Melville’s poetry and poetic career can be characterized as distinctly lacking in continuity. Not only does his turn to poetry signal a dramatic shift in his life’s work, his poems and collections typically defy patterns of continuum—poems embedded into prose pieces, collections strikingly departing from each other thematically and stylistically, publication ambitions and relationships to readers inconsistent and nebulous. Within individual poems, too, we witness Melville’s stylistic and philosophical fissions, abrasions, and reversals. Part of Melville’s inability to attract a wider readership and to fully enter into the canon of American poets is undoubtedly his work’s resistance to interpretive frameworks that foreground narratives of artistic evolution, development, and continuity.
This panel seeks to address the continuous and discontinuous elements of Melville’s poetry and of his career as a poet. What are the threads of repetition, similarity, and consistency that persist in his poetry and in his authorial practices? What are the most revealing and illustrative of his discontinuities? How might his discontinuities ironically help us generate useful narratives of his poetic career?
The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2014.
Melville and the Politics of Print
Papers invited on any aspect of Melville’s work as it relates to book history or the history of periodicals. Issues to be addressed might include: copyright, serialization, illustrations, editing Melville, Melville in/and libraries, adaptations of Melville’s work to non-print media such as film or radio, digital Melville, Melville in the archive, the Melville revival, literary celebrity. How can a focus on practices of writing, printing, and reading from the nineteenth century to the present generate new insights into Melville’s work?
|20 Oct 2017|
Reading: Billy Budd in the Breadbox
|21 Oct 2017|
02:00PM - 04:00PM
Course: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
|31 Oct 2017|
CUP: Herman Melville in Context, ed. Kevin J. Hayes
|31 Oct 2017|
NUP - Publication of the Final Volume of the Fifteen-Volume Writings of Herman Melville Series
|31 Oct 2017|
R&L: Melville Among the Philosophers
|31 Oct 2017|
UMP: Herman Melville: Among the Magazines
|02 Nov 2017|
Jay Leyda Symposium, "A Curious Man: The Life and Work of Jay Leyda"
|07 Nov 2017|
Registration opens for NBWM Moby-Dick Marathon
Click here for more information and application details.
New York Public Library
Short-term Research Fellowships
Graduate students or other affiliated academics whose work would benefit from visiting the Manuscripts and Archives Division to view collections such as the Gansevoort-Lansing collection, and Duyckinck family papers are encouraged to apply.