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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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

MLA 2015
Melville Panels

Vancouver, BC
8-11 January 2015


Our two Melville Society panels at 2015 MLA are now in the MLA Conference Schedule

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

445. "After the Eruption": Melville and the Cultural Memory of the American Civil War

Saturday, 10 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 217, VCC West

 Program arranged by the Melville Society

 Presiding: Coleman Hutchison, Univ. of Texas, Austin

 1. "In 'Memory of the Three Hundred Thousand': The Liminal Dedication of Herman Melville'sBattle-Pieces," Robert Arbour, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

 2. "Melville and the Shaping of the Civil War Canon," Timothy Sweet, West Virginia Univ., Morgantown

 3. "From the Civil War to Civil Rights: Robert Penn Warren and the Long Afterlife of Battle-Pieces,"Cody Marrs, Univ. of Georgia

 Responding: Randall Fuller, Univ. of Tulsa

Melville and Comparative Racialization

776. Melville and Comparative Racialization

Sunday, 11 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 112, VCC West

Program arranged by the Melville Society

Presiding: Hsuan L. Hsu, Univ. of California, Davis

1. "The Black and White Sailor: Billy Budd, Sailor and Racialized Insurrection," Lenora Warren, Colgate Univ.

2. "'Any Superior Savage, So Called': Billy Budd and the Symbolic Order of Comparative Racialization," Hoang Phan, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst

3. "Love and Death in the South Pacific: The Melville Revival and Cold War Race Relations," Heidi Kathleen Kim, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

4. "'Race' against Whiteness," Paul B. Lyons, Univ. of Hawai`i, Mānoa

Responding: Jennifer Greiman, Univ. at Albany, State Univ. of New York


From the Galleries

MLA 2013 Boston
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MLA 2013 Boston

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.