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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

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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.

News

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Mark Milloff’s Melville - Art Exhibit

 

Drawings, Paintings, and Sculpture by Mark Milloff

September 22, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Lyman Allyn Art Museum - New London, CT

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From the museum's website:

Milloff’s Melville features 25 years of Mark Milloff’s drawings, paintings, and sculpture inspired by Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick.  A professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Milloff has long been immersed in narratives of the sea. Growing up a stone’s throw from what he describes as “the murky canals and mangrove mudflats” of South Florida, Milloff developed an insatiable curiosity about creatures of the sea. That interest eventually provoked his obsession with Moby Dick, which became a potent resource for expressing his own state of mind, as well as plumbing the American imagination past and present. For more information visit the museum's website at http://www.lymanallyn.org/milloffs-melville/


Follow this link to a brief NPR interview with Mark Milloff:  http://wnpr.org/post/perils-sea-giant-pastels-capture-adventure-moby-dick

Battle-Pieces Song Cycle by Paul Phillips

Enjoy these performances of six songs from Paul Phillips' Civil War song cycle that are based on six poems published in Melville's "Battle-Pieces." Paul Phillips is Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music, Brown University, and Music Director and Conductor, Pioneer Valley Symphony & Chorus. The song cycle was premiered by baritone Andrew Garland with the Pioneer Valley Symphony under composer Paul Phillips' direction at John M. Greene Hall, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, on 16 October 2011. Music completed in 2011 and published by Barnard Street Music 2011©.

Premiere of Jake Heggie's Ahab Symphony

On April 24, 2013 the symphony and chorus of the University of North Texas gave the premiere of Jake Heggie's Ahab Symphony with Richard Croft singing the tenor part. The text of the symphony juxtaposes several lines from Ahab during the Third Day of the Chase (sung by the tenor) with the text of W. H. Auden's poem, "Herman Melville" (sung by the chorus).

Jake-Heggie-after-premiere-of-Ahab-SymphonyJake Heggie after the premiere of his Ahab Symphony
on April 24, 2013 with the symphony and chorus of
the University of North Texas

Immediately before the concert was the release book party for Dr. Robert Wallace's forthcoming book on Heggie's Moby-Dick opera: Heggie and Scheer's Moby-Dick: A Grand Opera for the Twenty-first Century.

Jake-Heggie-Karen-Almond-Robert-Wallace-Gene-Scheer-at-book-release-partyJake Heggie, Karen Almond, Robert Wallace, and Gene Scheer
at the book release party

Artist Matt Kish Visits Kentucky University

At the invitation of Professor Robert Wallace, artist Matt Kish visited Northern Kentucky University to spend time with Dr. Wallace's honors class and talk about how he has explored Moby-Dick through his art. Dr. Wallace has shared a link to Matt Kish's blog in which the artist recounts his day of sharing with  for students and faculty - including a "live drawing event" at which he produced original works of art in response to quotes from Moby-Dick. Click the image below to visit Matt Kish's "Every Page of Moby-Dick" blog.

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A Moby Dick Card Game

Several Melville Society members have reported an interesting, new, Melville-inspired creative project: Moby Dick, or, the Card Game.

Click the following link to visit the Moby Dick, or, The Card Game Facebook page.

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Melville Society Facebook Posts

Greg Lennes Melville's short story, "The Lightning-Rod Man" (1854) still has lessons for us today. The lightning-rod salesman says that to buy his lighting rods, you will be safe. He is the salesman of our fears. He peddled his wares during storms with dire descriptions of ruin and death. He threatens and tries to bully the main character, who is angered. The ending is the main character "seized it (lightning-rod); I snapped it; I dashed it; I trod it; and dragging the dark lightning-king out of my door, flung his elbowed, copper sceptre after him. But spite of my treatment, and spite of my dissuasive talk of him to my neighbors, the Lightning-rod man still dwells in the land; still travels in storm-time, and drives a brave trade with the fears of man." Here is a video of a reading of the tale by Stacy Carson. It was produced by Sharad Patel and Lily Cox­‐Richard (2015):
"The Lightning-­Rod Man" by Herman Melville, 1854 vimeo.com "The Lightning-­Rod Man" by Herman Melville, 1854 Read by Stacy Carson Produced by Sharad Patel and Lily Cox­‐Richard
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Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the first CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: READING THE CONFIDENCE-MAN TODAY What types of interpretations come up when someone reads the The Confidence-Man in light of recent events? Presenters should offer short, reflective pieces (8 minutes) that provoke discussion. Although a lack of faith (or confidence) in political institutions is a major part of news reports today, presenters may focus on any of the topics brought up in Melville’s book, including stocks and finance, religious organizations, charity, racial identity, belief, and other considerations. Other approaches could include reflections on reading historically or the dynamics of re-reading today. Please send 250-word abstracts and brief bios to Rodrigo Lazo at rlazo@uci.edu by March 13.
2018-02-16T16:16:40+0000
Greg Lennes Melvillean Philosophy (Humor): "There are unknown worlds of knowledge in brutes; and whenever you mark a horse, or a dog, with a peculiarly mild, calm, deep-seated eye, be sure he is an Aristotle or a Kant, tranquilly speculating upon the mysteries in man. No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses." Redburn. His First Voyage - Chapter XL. :) 2018-02-16T21:00:37+0000
Robert Sandberg MLA Conference - 2019 - Chicago: The Melville Society's "Call for Papers" is now available on the Melville Society website
The Melville Society - Call for Papers: MLA 2019 - Reading The Confidence-Man Today & Melville’s Quarrel with Modernity melvillesociety.org A society dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville
2018-02-17T16:49:58+0000
Greg Lennes "Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour "(March 16th) - Frank Stella Artwork - discussion led by Robert K. Wallace at Pizzuti Collection in Columbus, Ohio:
Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour pizzuticollection.org Join us on March 16 for a spotlight tour with Professor Robert K. Wallace. Robert will discuss the Moby Dick Deckle Edges prints in the context of other works by Stella on view in the Lines/Edges: Frank Stella On Paper exhibition.
2018-02-17T15:43:39+0000
Eileen Valentino Flaxman When I joined The Melville Society FB page last August, you were just breaking a thousand followers. And now you're about to break 2,000. Congratulations! Here is my latest contribution from my project to write a poem for every chapter in Moby-Dick. (Lines from the text are in quotations.) Chapter 59 - Squid. -- Plenty of action and violence takes place in this novel. But there are also days of calm . . . floating on a glassy sea without swells or even the promise of a leviathan and with no chatter from a listless crew . . . A 'profound hush' surrounds the Pequod as it drifts in the middle of nowhere, with 'a stillness almost preternatural spread over the sea'. At such a time, what goes on inside a sailor's mind? Thoughts of home? Other ways to earn a living? Ennui? As a man looks out over endless nothingness, do thoughts churn busily inside his skull . . . or is Ismael an Anomaly?
2018-02-16T18:27:58+0000
Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the second CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: MELVILLE'S QUARREL WITH MODERNITY In anticipation of an energized year in Melville studies (when on the 200th anniversary of his birth we consider Melville’s significance in the present moment) contributors to this panel will reflect on a vital but largely unexplored feature of Melville’s thinking: his quarrel with modernity. Melville is not recognized for the clarity of his philosophical arguments. At best, his philosophizing is dismissed as ingenious but muddled. But perhaps Melville’s philosophical arguments have been hard to grasp because they have been miscategorized; they have been taken to embody the ethos of the distinctively modern world (that is, after the defining work of Descartes and Locke) when in fact what they offer is nothing less than a wide-ranging rejection of modernity’s dominant assumptions. On this panel, accordingly, we will use Melville’s writing to turn a harsh light on some of the beliefs that characterize modern Western thought. Melville’s writing has meant many things to many people, but as yet it has not been seen as a way to unite or bring into conversation the growing number of theorists resisting the modernity narrative—theorists making an effort to knock down the edifice of dualism, think carefully about where the nature-culture binary has come from (and what we might imagine in its place), cast doubt on the view that the body is inessential to mind, and in other ways question the account of the world offered by the moderns. Please send 300-500 words and a vita to K.L. Evans at mail@klevans.org by March 19.
2018-02-16T18:25:30+0000
Chad Beck Moby-Dick is discussed at 39:00. Also relevant (and leading directly into M-D) is a discussion about Job (31:23).
Russell Brand & Jordan Peterson - Kindness VS Power | Under The Skin #46 youtube.com Recently making the headlines after a combative interview about the gender pay gap with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, my guest today is Jordan Peterson, who disc...
2018-02-16T01:00:29+0000
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor for Valentine's Day - Melville's First Draft of Moby-Dick: Comic strip by Mikey Heller (2014) :) 2018-02-14T17:59:34+0000
Greg Lennes Moby-Dick stars on Antiques Roadshow on PBS TV (2/12/18) video - Appraisal of Moby-Dick edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent and published by Lakeside Press 1930.
Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set | Antiques Roadshow | PBS pbs.org Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set in New Orleans, LA.
2018-02-13T14:27:18+0000
Greg Lennes The final volume of the Northwestern-Newberry THE WRITINGS OF HERMAN MELVILLE--LAST OF 15 VOLUMES in hardback - a major literary accomplishment. 2018-02-14T14:20:22+0000
Greg Lennes REMINDER: March 1st deadline for registration for the two-week program called “Teaching Melville” that will take place this summer in New Bedford. The Whaling Museum will host the event which will take place from June 17th through the 30th. Go to website for details.
Teaching Melville teachingmelville.org An Institute for School Teachers on Herman Melville’s "Moby-Dick" and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age
2018-02-14T17:31:38+0000
Karen Lentz Madison Melvilleans!
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Robert Sandberg A Call for Book Proposals: From Richard King of the University Press of New England http://www.upne.com/series/SEA.html The University Press of New England and the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program seek book proposals for our “Seafaring America” series. We are looking for works in three categories: 1. Suggestions for timely reissues of forgotten, out-of-print American works of literary and cultural distinction, with new introductions that frame the work for a modern audience. 2. Proposals for anthologies and/or selected editions of writers’ work. 3. Proposals for books of original scholarship or of general interest, according to the series mission below. We have particular interest in underrepresented voices and “blue” environmental studies. _______________________ “Seafaring America” is a series of original and classic works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, populations, and geographical settings, the series strives to introduce, revive, and aggregate a wide range of exemplary and/or seminal stories about our American maritime heritage. This includes the accounts of First Peoples, explorers, voluntary and forced immigrants, women in maritime communities, fishermen, whalers, captains, common sailors, members of the navy and coast guard, marine biologists and oceanographers, and the crews of vessels ranging from lifeboats, riverboats, and tugboats to recreational yachts. “Seafaring America” introduces new stories of maritime interest and reprints books that have fallen out of circulation and deserve reappraisal. The series also publishes selections from well-known works that warrant reconsideration because of the lessons they offer about our relationship with our watery planet.
UPNE | Seafaring America upne.com Series Editor: Richard J. King, Williams College-Mystic SeaportSeafaring America is a series of original and classic works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, perspectives, and geographical s...
2018-02-14T01:00:15+0000
Greg Lennes To the wealthy Melvillean: Auction for a first edition of Moby-Dick ending March 7th. 2018-02-13T19:36:41+0000
Fernando Colavita One of the many argentine editions of "Bartleby, the scrivener". This one, translated by the great Jorge Luis Borges. 2018-02-13T15:13:05+0000
Greg Lennes From Opera Wire: Pittsburgh Opera Receives NEA Grant For ‘Moby Dick’
Pittsburgh Opera Receives NEA Grant For ‘Moby Dick’ operawire.com Pittsburgh Opera Receives NEA Grant For ‘Moby Dick’ TOPICS:moby dickpittsburgh opera Posted By: Francisco Salazar February 13, 2018 The Pittsburgh Opera has announced that it will receive a $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help support the new production ...
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Greg Lennes Melvillean Mardi-Gras: From New Orleans Commercial Bulletin (May 3,1849) - A. Oakley Hall (a New York Correspondent) aka Croton punning to suit New Orleans readers, called Melville's Mardi: and a Voyage Thither "a regular MARDI-GRAS of a novel, to judge from the richness of its prose. Prose! It is a poem; and you can pencil out of its pages blank verse enough to set up an hundred newspaper poets, for the balls of bowling critics to roll at." :) 2018-02-13T18:52:29+0000
Judy Gretchko At the International Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena, Ca., William Reese was selling the 3-volume London first edition of Mardi for $7,500. Another vendor was reading the first American 2-volume set and won't sell it until he is finished. He was half way through it and didn't know if he liked it or not. I asked him if he wasn't afraid if spilling coffee on it. No. John Gretchko
2018-02-13T19:23:28+0000

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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.

From Our Photo Collections

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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.