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Melville and the Sea
Mystic, CT, June 1999


The Melville Society announces a special Melville conference, "MELVILLE
AND THE SEA," to be held at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut on
June 17, 18, and 19, 1999. 

Herman Melville sailed many seas aboard merchant vessel, whaleship, naval
frigate, steamboat, and clipper ship.  Such maritime experience informed
virtually all of his writing.  Our conference theme--"Melville and the
Sea"--is an intentionally broad one, cast to net Melville's rich and
various associations with "the watery part of the world": geographical,
biographical, metaphorical, artistic, inspirational. We invite
consideration of any aspect of the fathomless relationship between
Melville's life and the sea or between Melville's writings and the sea. 
Possible topics may include but will not be restricted to the following:
	Travels,	Logs, Journals, Memoirs,	Class and Race	
	Technology,	Whaling,			Maritime Sources, 
	Ethnicity,	Islands and Archipelagos,	Sea Battles,
	Ships and Shipping,	Teaching Melville, 	Ports of Call,
 	Nautical Disasters,	Naval History,	 	Visual Arts
	Exploration/Science,	Maritime Law,		Sailors and Landlubbers,
 	Music, Opera, Dance, Drama,	Black Atlantic, 
	Literary or Artistic Adaptations or Allusions

The conference will be held partially on board the Charles W. Morgan, the
world’s sole surviving wooden whaleship, built in the same town as and
just prior to the Acushnet, Melville's own whaleship.  In process at
Mystic Seaport is construction of a replica of the schooner Amistad, on
which 53 slaves mutinied in 1839.  Many connections exist between the
story of the Amistad and Melville's Benito Cereno. 

Please mail, e-mail, or fax proposals of no more than 500 words to either
one of the Co-Chairs listed below. Postmark deadline is January 15; first
notification to presenters will be February 15. Each presenter will be
allowed 15-20 minutes. 

Mary K. Bercaw Edwards
P. O. Box 367
Mystic, CT 06355					

FAX:  	    +1-860-572-5329

Jill B. Gidmark, Professor of Literature
University of Minnesota, General College
140 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455, USA

PHONE:     +1-612-625-0855
FAX:       +1-612-625-0709