The Eaton Portrait

Herman Melville JOEaton 95ppi 250wBy permission of Houghton Library, Harvard University: 61Z-4

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whale-trp200Leviathan: 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.

Melville Electronic Library

mel-thumb-crpd-3The 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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Melville Society Cultural Project

Melville Society and New Bedford Whaling Museum Cultural Project 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

ALA 2017, Boston, MA.
May 25-28 2017
Organized by the Melville Society


Melville and the Historical Imagination

This panel will focus on Melville’s varied engagements with history and historical transformation. How does Melville imagine the emplotment of History; its causal forces, determinant conjunctures, or contingent ruptures? How does Melville make use of the aesthetic dimensions of historical thought, and how does his work innovate narrative and poetic forms, literary genres, or dramatic modes in its exploration of historical representation? How does Melville’s work engage with histories of colonialism and imperialism, of laws and nation-states? Finally, how are these engagements related to Melville’s treatment of other social issues, such as class, race, gender, and sexuality? Topics include: aesthetic, political, and rhetorical dimensions of historical imagination; historical materialism and dialectics; determinism and agency; history and theory of the novel; uneven development; colonialism and imperialism; law and sovereignty.
Please send abstract and brief cv to Hoang Gia Phan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Melville and Literary Influence: Reframing Tradition

Emboldened by the innovative new work being done on the question of literary influence and intertextuality, this panel seeks papers that explore both Herman Melville's engagements with other writers and texts and the dynamics of influence and intertextual practice. While Melville's engagements with English literary tradition will no doubt be a central topic, the panel is open to the fullest range of possible topics related to these questions. Proposals with a strong commitment to aesthetic and theoretical approaches will be especially welcome, as will proposals that engage with the intersections of influence and race, class, gender, and sexuality. To propose a paper, please send an abstract (300 word maximum) and a CV to the panel's Chair, David Greven, at this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline: January 6, 2017.


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Fellowships and Scholarships

Melville Society Archive
Walter E. Bezanson Fellowship
The Melville Society, under the auspices of the Melville Society Cultural Project in New Bedford, offers an annual fellowship to help a scholar undertake research on Herman Melville at the Society’s Archive in the Research Library of the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


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.


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From Our Photo Collections

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Woodlawn Cemetary

WoodlawnWoodlawn Cemetary - final resting place of Herman, his wife, Elizabeth, and other family members. Click here to view photos of the gravesites.

125th Anniversary Celebration

125th Woodlawn

A celebration of Melville's life at Woodlawn Cemetary on the 125th anniversary of his passing.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Melville House

Melville lived for nine years in this Lansingburgh house. It was here that he wrote Typee and Omoo

Berkshire Historical Society

ArrowheadMelville's Arrowhead home and farm in Pittsfield, MA where he wrote Moby-Dick and lived for most of the 1850s.