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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
Herman Melville Society
Panel for American Literature Association 2011 Meeting in Boston, MA
“Melville Among the Poets”
Melville’s accomplishment as a poet has received increasing attention over the last decade. Driven by new editions of Melville’s poetry, archival discoveries, and growing critical engagement, the idea of Melville as a poet has gone from an afterthought to a concept that has reshaped the agenda of Melville studies. Yet to treat Melville as a poet is still controversial: do his poems stand up to his prose achievements? Is it valid to compare Melville’s work in these seemingly disparate genres? Should we understand his career, as Hershel Parker has recently suggested, as a continuum of work that crosses genres?
One of the difficulties in finding a clear path to intensively studying Melville’s poetry is deciding what company we believe that Melville should, and does, keep among other poets. Is he an Arnoldian Victorian? A forbidding answer to Whitman? A precursor of the rangy Modernist aesthetics of Pound and Zukofsky? A postcolonial sojourner like Walcott? A neo-Byron updating serio-comic poetics for postbellum America? Does his poetry stand, like Moby-Dick, most in line with later writers, or is it more an engagement with his deep reading in Renaissance and neoclassical verse? Are his best poetic kindred even from the Anglo-American world?
Proposals for papers linking Melville’s poetry (and/or prose) to one or more poets are welcome—any period and national or linguistic tradition will be considered, as will theoretical, historicist, formalist, or biographical approaches, as the hope is to offer widely varying models for ways in which we can and do contextualize Melville as a poet among poets.
To download a copy of the Melville Among the Poets call for papers, [rokdownload menuitem="108" downloaditem="45" direct_download="true"]click here[/rokdownload].
|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.