Melville and the Pacific

Third International Melville Conference

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No American author of his time engaged more deeply with the Pacific than Herman Melville. Alone among his nineteenth-century peers in his experience of the Pacific as a sailor and sojourner, as well as in his writings’ focus on that experience, Melville has achieved the status of a figure in global culture, whose works exert extraordinary appeal to scholars from Pacific lands. As Pacific regions redefine themselves and assume new significance in an era of increasing internationalism and expanding multicultural inquiry, it is more important than ever to examine Melville’s writings in relation to the Pacific.

Our conference on Melville and the Pacific will take place in Lahaina, Maui, on June 3-7 2003. We hope to see you there!