Melville at 200

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies
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“Melville at 200”

Deadline: September 1, 2018

And some certain significance lurks in all things, else all things are little worth, and the round world itself but an empty cipher. (Chapter 99 of Moby-Dick, “The Doubloon”)

The year 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth. For special issues of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies to be published in the bicentennial year, the journal’s editors invite submissions on any aspect of Melville’s work, life, times, and reception. We welcome submissions, critical or creative, that advance our understanding of the “certain significance” of Melville at the present moment, 200 years after his birth and 100 years after the biographical and critical “Melville Revival.”

Contributions might approach Melville from any number of methodological and theoretical perspectives and foreground any number of issues, including politics, religion, the arts, aesthetics, biography, textuality, digital humanities, US and world literatures, and global reception. How does Melville continue to speak, as C. L. R. James phrased it, to the “world we live in”?

All submissions should be made through the journal’s electronic editorial site: New users will need to create an account. Guidelines for submission, including the journal’s style sheet, can be found at To be considered for inclusion in the anniversary year issues, submissions need to be uploaded to Leviathan’s electronic editorial site no later than September 1, 2018, and “Melville at 200” should be mentioned in the cover letter. Please address any questions to the journal’s Editor, Samuel Otter, at