Herman Melville - J.O. Eaton Portrait - 1870 - by Permission of Harvard University
Portrait by Joseph Oriel Eaton, 1870, by permission of Houghton Library, Harvard University [*61Z-4]
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Leviathan

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

jhup-logoTo join the Melvillle Society and subscribe to Leviathan, visit Leviathan's Johns Hopkins University Press journal site by clicking here.

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.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Call for Papers

MLA Conference 2014 - Chicago

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Melville and Matter

The Melville Society is seeking paper proposals for its "Melville and Matter" panel at the Modern Language Association conference in Chicago from January 9-12, 2014. The panel focuses on the topic of “Melville and Matter” and seeks readings of Melville’s writing in the light of what has been called the “new materialism” and the “new vitalism”.  Melville often grounds his thinking in physical, chemical, organic, and geological processes open both to dynamic interpretation by scientific studies of his own age and current theories of immanence, emergence, networks, and assemblage in our own.  For example, Melville often materialized philosophy in vital substances such as blubber, oxygen, sap, and sperm and in refined essences such as ink, attar, musk, and ambergris. To what extent does Melville graft his literary generativity with the physical forces of evolution and the “germinous seeds” of elemental energies?  Melville also powerfully figured his fiction amidst such material formations as pebbles, stones, icebergs, volcanic eruptions, auroras, and stars.  In line with the conference themes of vulnerability and resilience, this panel examines Melville’s investment in the spell of life and the myriad ways that the natural, the literary, and the human both animate and draw shape from the complex forms and systems of “inert” things of matter. Please send a 300-500 word proposal and a two-page CV to Tim Marr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday, March 22, 2013.

From the Galleries

MEL Camp 2011 MIT
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MEL Camp 2011 MIT

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.

 

Click here for more information and application details.

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.

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