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

 

New Panel Added - Call for Papers - MLA 2015 Melville Panels

MLA 2015 - Vancouver, BC
8-11 January 2015

Vancouver

Melville and Comparative Racialization

Building on scholarship that has examined Melville's treatments of African Americans, Pacific islanders, Native Americans, Persians, and other racialized subjects, this panel will focus on the implicit and explicit comparisons that Melville drew between racial groups. What forms the basis for cross-racial analogies, distinctions, hybridizations, and comparisons, and how do these change our understanding of Melville's thinking about race? Are Melville's cross-racial comparisons affected by other social conditions such as colonialism, class, gender, sexuality, and disability?

Please send an abstract and brief CV to
Hsuan L. Hsu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
by 10 March 2014

“After the Eruption”: Melville and the Cultural
Memory of the American Civil War

In response to the 2015 MLA Presidential Theme, “Negotiating Sites of Memory,” the Melville Society invites proposals for a special session, “‘After the Eruption’: Melville and the Cultural Memory of the American Civil War.”

We welcome papers on any aspect of Melville’s representations of the American Civil War—especially how those representations helped to influence the cultural memory of the conflict in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

Please send 300-word abstracts and brief CVs to
Coleman Hutchison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
by 15 March 2014

From the Galleries

London Boarding Hse - HM 1849 stay
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London Boarding Hse - HM 1849 stay

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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