New Panel Added - Call for Papers - MLA 2015 Melville Panels
MLA 2015 - Vancouver, BC
8-11 January 2015
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
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
by 15 March 2014