A Companion to Herman Melville
In a series of 35 original essays, this companion demonstrates the relevance of Melville's works in the twenty-first century.
Presents 35 original essays by scholars from around the world, representing a range of different approaches to Melville
Considers Melville in a global context, and looks at the impact of global economies and technologies on the way people read Melville
Takes account of the latest and most sophisticated scholarship, including postcolonial and feminist perspectives
Locates Melville in his cultural milieu, revising our views of his politics on race, gender and democracy
Reveals Melville as a more contemporary writer than his critics have sometimes assumed
Wyn Kelley is Senior Lecturer in the Literature Faculty at MIT. The author of Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York (1996) and A Short Guide to Herman Melville (Blackwell Publishing, 2008), she is also Associate Editor of the Melville Electronic Library.
A Companion to Herman Melville
Notes on Contributors
Charlene Avallone writes as an independent scholar based in Kailua, Hawai'i, having served on the faculties of the universities of Notre Dame and Hawai'i. She sits on the editorial board of Leviathan and, with Carolyn Karcher, co-directed the Fourth International Melville Conference, Melville and the Pacific , on Maui in 2003. Her publications treat Margaret Fuller and Catharine Sedgwick in addition to Melville, as well as the gender and racial limitations of the American renaissance critical tradition. Her work in progress studies the feminization of conversation in the US (1770 to 1870). Forthcoming essays include "Elizabeth Palmer Peabody and the Discipline of Conversation" in Re-inventing the Peabody Sisters (edited by Katharine Rodier, Julie Hall, and Monika Elbert).
Mary K. Bercaw Edwards is a past president of the Melville Society and an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Connecticut. She teaches primarily for the Maritime Studies degree program. Bercaw Edwards is the author of Melville's Sources (1987) and the co-editor of Wilson Heflin's Herman Melville's Whaling Years (2004). In addition to teaching, Bercaw Edwards works at Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea. She sets sails aboard the whaleship Charles W. Morgan , the only extant whaleship in the world, which was built in the same town as, and only six months after, Melville's first whaleship, the Acushnet .
Dennis Berthold is Professor of English at Texas A&M University, where he teaches nineteenth-century American literature and literature of the sea. His scholarship emphasizes the cultural politics of iconography, landscape, and the visual arts, and covers writers ranging from Charles Brockden Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville to Mark Twain, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and Joshua Slocum. His articles have appeared in William & Mary Quarterly , American Literary History , American Literature , and Nineteenth - Century Literature , and he has contributed essays on Melville and Dutch genre painting to Christopher Sten's Savage Eye: Melville and the Visual Arts (1991), contemporary sea fiction to Haskell Springer's America and the Sea (1995), and maritime fiction to the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History . He has co-edited a book on Walt Whitman and one on Hawthorne and is completing a monograph on Melville and Italy.
Hester Blum is Assistant Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University; she received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently completing a book entitled The View from the Mast-Head: Antebellum American Sea Narratives and the Maritime Imagination . The book describes sailors' broader participation in literary culture, and argues specifically that first-person narratives of working sailors propose a method for aligning labor and contemplation. Blum has written essays, forthcoming and in print, on Barbary captivity narratives, James Fenimore Cooper's sea fiction, Douglass's and Melville's narrative treatment of rape, and Pacific Island gravesites and burial at sea.
John Bryant , Professor of English at Hofstra University, has published A Companion to Melville Studies (Greenwood, 1986) and Melville and Repose (Oxford 1996), and editions of Typee (Penguin 1996, 2005) and The Confidence-Man (Random House, 2003), as well as Melville's Tales, Poems, and Other Writings (Random House, 2001). Editor of the Melville Society's periodical Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies , he is also General Editor of the Pearson Custom Anthology of American Literature . Bryant's work in textual scholarship includes The Fluid Text: A Theory of Revision and Editing for Book and Screen (Michigan, 2002). H