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  1. Week by Week Reading List 28 items
    1. Term 1 11 items
      1. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (Penguin Classics) - Herman Melville 1996

        Book Suggested for Student Purchase

      2. Moby-Dick, or, The whale - Herman Melville, Tony Tanner 1988

        Book Suggested for Student Purchase

      3. Pierre, or, The ambiguities - Herman Melville 1996

        Book Suggested for Student Purchase

      4. Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales - Herman Melville, Robert Milder 2009

        Book Suggested for Student Purchase Bartleby, the Scrivener” (1853) and “The Paradise of Bachelors and Tartarus of Maids”

      5. Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales - Herman Melville, Robert Milder 2009

        Book Essential Benito Cereno

      6. Mapping Typee: Space and the Genres of Truth - Alex Calder 2005

        Article Essential

      7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - Nicholas Meyer

        Audio-visual document Essential

      8. Lisa Gitelman : Emoji Dick and the Eponymous Whale on Vimeo Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10:16 AM EST

        Audio-visual document Recommended

    2. Term 2 17 items
      1. The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade - Herman Melville 2008

        Book Suggested for Student Purchase

      2. Donelson - Herman Melville 2009

        Chapter Essential

      3. Shiloh - Herman Melville 2009

        Chapter Essential

      4. Stonewall Jackson - Herman Melville 2009

        Chapter Essential

      5. On the Slain Collegians - Herman Melville 2009

        Chapter Essential

      6. An Uninscribed Monument - Herman Melville 2009

        Chapter Essential

      7. On a Natural Monument - Herman Melville 2009

        Chapter Essential

      8. Supplement - Herman Melville 2009

        Chapter Essential

      9. Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales - Herman Melville, Robert Milder 2009

        Book Essential Billy Budd

      10. Beau travail - Claire Denis, Denis Lavant 2000

        Audio-visual document Essential

      11. Journals - Herman Melville 1989

        Chapter Essential

  2. Watching/Listening 3 items
    1. In the Heart of the Sea - Ron Howard 2016

      Audio-visual document Recommended

  3. Suggested Secondary Reading 134 items
    This list generally focuses on recent criticism that may not appear in bibliographies of other sources. It would be impossible to give a list of every important article or book on Melville – especially on Moby-Dick - so please also do your own searches on MLA and Google Scholar for topics that interest you. I’ve also not cited much from Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, which should be your first port of call for Melville scholarship. While many of these books are in the College library, you will have to venture to Senate House (which has a very good C19th American literature) collection for others: these are marked “(SH)” on the reading list.
    1. Biographies 3 items
      1. Melville: His World and Work - Andrew Delbanco 2013

        Book Recommended An accessible but comprehensive biography, easier than Parker one if you want something to read all the way through

      2. Herman Melville: A Biography - Hershel Parker 2005

        Book Recommended One to dip in and out of, and to borrow rather than buy, but factually exhaustive

    2. Books on Melville exclusively 22 items
      1. Hawthorne and Melville: Writing a Relationship - Jana L. Argersinger, Leland S. Person 2008

        Book Recommended Available via Senate House

      2. Whole Oceans Away: Melville and the Pacific - Jill Barnum, Wyn Kelley, Christopher Sten 2014

        Book Recommended

      3. A Political Companion to Herman Melville - Jason Frank 2013

        Book Recommended Available via Senate House

      4. Herman Melville and the Politics of the Inhuman - Michael Jonik 2018 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      5. Shadow Over the Promised Land: Slavery, Race, and Violence in Melville's America - Carolyn L 1945- Karcher 2017

        Book Recommended Available via Senate House

      6. A Companion to Herman Melville - Wyn Kelley Oxford (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      7. Herman Melville: Modernity and the Material Text - Katie McGettigan 2017

        Book Recommended

      8. The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville - Robert S. Levine 1998

        Book Recommended

      9. The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville - Cambridge Companions Complete Collection 1998 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended

      10. Melville's Anatomies - Samuel Otter c1999

        Book Recommended

      11. Melville and Aesthetics - Geoffrey Sanborn, Samuel Otter 2011 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      12. Melville's Bibles - Ilana Pardes 2008

        Book Recommended Available via Senate House

      13. Herman Melville: Among the Magazines - Graham Thompson 2018

        Book Recommended

    3. Books with Sections on Melville 20 items
      1. The American Renaissance Reconsidered - Walter Benn Michaels, Donald E. Pease, English Institute 1985

        Book Recommended

      2. Ideology and Classic American Literature - Sacvan Bercovitch, Myra Jehlen 1986

        Book Recommended

      3. The Drama of the American Short Story, 1800-1865 - Michael J. Collins 2016 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      4. American Romanticism and the Marketplace - Michael T. Gilmore 1985

        Book Recommended

      5. American Romanticism and the Marketplace - Michael T. Gilmore 1985 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended

      6. Failure and the American Writer: a Literary History - Gavin Roger Jones 2014

        Book Recommended

      7. Figuring Authorship in Antebellum America - Michael Newbury 1997

        Book Further

      8. American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions - Cindy Weinstein, Christopher Looby 2012

        Book Further Especially Trish Loughran’s chapter on “Benito Cereno”, and Looby’s chapter on “The Counterpane”

    4. Useful Journals 7 items
      1. American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism and Bibliography - Modern Language Association of America. American Literature Group 1929

        Journal Further

      2. ATQ: Atlantic Transcendental Quarterly

        Journal Further Available online via Senate House

      3. ESQ - Washington State University. Department of English (e-journal)

        Journal Further

      4. Journal of American studies - British Association for American Studies 1967

        Journal Further

    5. Recommended Reading for Individual Texts 82 items
      1. Typee 7 items
      2. Redburn 5 items
        1. By the Sweat of the Brow: Literature and Labor in Antebellum America - Nicholas Knowles Bromell 1993

          Book Further Available via Senate House

      3. Moby-Dick 9 items
        1. Approaching Ahab Blind - Christopher Castiglia 2018

          Article Further

      4. Pierre 9 items
        1. Closet Writing, Gay Reading: The Case of Melville's Pierre - James Creech 1993

          Book Further Available via Senate House

      5. “Bartleby the Scrivener” 11 items
        1. Bartleby, or, On Contingency - Giorgio Agamben 1999

          Chapter Further Available via Senate House

        2. Occupy Bartleby - Russ Castronovo 2014

          Article Further

        3. Essays critical and clinical - Gilles Deleuze 1998

          Book Further

      6. “The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids” 4 items
      7. “Benito Cereno” 6 items
      8. The Confidence-Man 8 items
        1. Introduction - Elizabether Foster 1979

          Chapter Further

        2. The Original Confidence Man - Johannes Dietrich Bergmann 23/1969

          Article Further

      9. Battle-Pieces 6 items
      10. Clarel 4 items
        1. Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies - Special Issue on Clarel

          Journal Further Especially essays by Jonick, Kelley, Zlatic, Marrs and Karcher

        2. A Companion to Herman Melville - Wyn Kelley Oxford (electronic resource)

          Book Further

      11. Billy Budd 8 items
        1. Billy Budd, Sailor - Salem Press 2017

          Book Further

      12. Adaptation 5 items
        1. Play It Again, Herman:  - Richard Middleton-Kaplan 10/2009

          Article Further

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