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Modern Language Association Convention
Philadelphia, 27-30 December 2009
Sponsored by the Melville Society
Herman Melville: A Writer and his Books
What Harrison Hayford referred to as the â€œdefiant anomalies of genreâ€ in
Melvilleâ€™s major works was largely the result of wide-ranging reading.
Sponsored by the Melville society, this panel will examine how Melvilleâ€™s
interest in an author, group of authors, or literary period influenced his
fiction and poetry. How did Melvilleâ€™s engagement with different literary
figures, movements and traditions (ie, renaissance drama, the picaresque
adventure narrative, epic and dramatic poetry, British and European
romanticism) inform his work? What rhetorical strategies emerged from his
efforts to negotiate between literary works that sparked his artistic
ambitions and literary works that served as models of saleable fiction?
To what extent did his reading influence his efforts to make his poetry
and fiction topically relevant to the political issues of the day (the
allegory of Mardi, the polemics of White-Jacket and Redburn, the satire of
The Confidence-Man, the reconstructive appeal of Battle-Pieces, etc.)?
How did his study of literary criticism, art history and aesthetics
influence his conception of poetry?
Please send two page proposals by March 5, 2009 to:
Dr. Peter Norberg, English Dept.
Saint Josephâ€™s University
5600 City Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395.
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