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Argersinger, Jana L., and Leland S. Person, eds. Hawthorne and Melville: Writing a Relationship (University of Georgia Press, 2008).

Armstrong, Philip. What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity (Routledge, 2008).

Bryant, John, Mary K. Edwards, and Timothy Marr, eds. Ungraspable Phantom: Essays on Moby-Dick (Kent State University Press, 2006).

Burnett, D. Graham. The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press: 2012).

—————. Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature (Princeton University Press: 2007).

Coviello, Peter. Intimacy in America: Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2005).

Delbanco, Andrew. Melville: His World and Work (Vintage – Random House: 2006).

Dolin, Eric Jay. Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America (Norton: 2007).

Dowling, David Oakey. Chasing the White Whale: The Moby-Dick Marathon; or, What Melville Means Today (University of Iowa Press, 2010).

Grey, Robin. Melville and Milton: An Edition and Analysis of Melville’s Annotations on Milton (Duquesne University Press, 2004).

Hoare, Philip. The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea (Ecco: 2010).

Huang, Yunte. Transpacific imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics (Harvard University Press, 2008)

Kemp, Christopher. Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris (University of Chicago Press: 2012).

Mitchell, David T. and Sharon L. Snyder. Narrative Prosthesis: Disability and the Dependencies of Discourse (University of Michigan Press, 2001).

Pardes, Ilana. Melville’s Bibles (University of California Press, 2008).

Peretz, Eyal. Literature, Disaster, and the Enigma of Power: A Reading of Moby-Dick (Stanford University Press, 2003).

Philbrick, Nathaniel. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Penguin: 2001).

—————. Why Read Moby Dick? (Viking: 2011)

Schultz, Elizabeth and Haskell Springer, eds. Melville & Women (Kent State University Press, 2006).

Spanos, William V. Herman Melville and the American Calling: Fiction After Moby-Dick, 1851-1857 (State University of New York Press, 2008).

Thomson, Shawn. The Romantic Architecture of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2001).


Adamson, Joseph. Melville, Shame, and the Evil Eye: A Psychoanalytic Reading (State University of New York Press, 1997).

Adler, Joyce Sparer. War in Melville’s Imagination (New York University Press, 1981).

Baird, James. Ishmael (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1956).

Branch, Watson G., ed. Melville: The Critical Heritage (Routledge & Keegan Paul, 1974).

Brodhead, Richard, ed., New Essays on Moby-Dick (Cambridge University Press, 1986).

Brotkorb, Paul, Ishmael’s White World: A Phenomenological Reading of Moby-Dick (Yale University Press, 1965).

Bryant, John. Melville and Repose: The Rhetoric of Humor in the American Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 1993).

Davis, Clark. After the Whale: Melville in the Wake of Moby-Dick (University of Alabama Press, 1995).

Dimock, Wai-chee. Empire For Liberty: Melville and the Poetics of Individualism (Princeton University Press, 1989).

Feidelson, Charles. Symbolism and American Literature (University of Chicago Press, 1953).

Fiedler, Leslie. Love and Death in the American Novel (Criterion Books, 1960; reprint: Meridian Books, 1962).

Finkelstein, Dorothee M. Melville’s Orienda (Yale University Press, 1961).

Fredricks, Nancy. Melville’s Art of Democracy (University of Georgia Press, 1995).

Guetti, James. The Limits of Metaphor (Cornell University Press, 1967).

Herbert, T. Walter. Moby-Dick and Calvinism: A World Dismantled (Rutgers University Press, 1977).

Hetherington, Hugh W. Melville’s Reviewers, British and American, 1846-1891 (University of North Carolina Press, 1961).

Jaffé, David. The Stormy Petrel and the Whale: Some Origins of Moby-Dick (Jaffé, 1976).

Karcher, Carolyn L. Shadow Over the Promised Land: Slavery, Race, and Violence in Melville’s America (Louisiana State University Press, 1980).

Kulkarni, Hemant Balvantrao. Moby Dick, A Hindu Avatar: A Study of Hindu Myth and Thought in Moby-Dick (Utah State University Press: 1970).

Levin, Harry. The Power of Blackness: Hawthorne, Poe, Melville (Alfred A. Knopf, 1958).

Martin, Robert K. Hero, Captain, and Stranger: Male Friendship, Social Critique, and Literary Form in the Sea Novels of Herman Melville (University of North Carolina Press, 1986).

Marx, Leo. The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Idea in America (Oxford University Press, 1964; reprint: Galaxy Book, 1967).

Mason, Ronald. The Spirit Above the Dust: A Study of Herman Melville (John Lehmann, 1951).

Mayoux, Jean-Jacques and John Ashbery, trans. Melville (Grove Press, 1960). [Translation of Melville par lui-meme (Paris: Editions du seuil, 1958).

Miller, Perry. The Raven and the Whale: The War of Words and Wits in the Era of Poe and Melville (Harcourt Brace, 1956).

Nickerson, Thomas, Owen Chase, and Others. The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whale. Nathaniel Philbrick, ed. (Penguin: 2000).

Parker, Hershel, ed. The Recognition of Herman Melville (University of Michigan Press, 1967).

Person, Leland S., Jr. Aesthetic Headaches: Women and Masculine Poetics in Poe, Melville, and Hawthorne (University of Georgia Press, 1988).

Post-Lauria, Sheila. Correspondent Colorings: Melville in the Marketplace (University of Massachusetts Press, 1996).

Pullin, Faith, ed. New Perspectives on Melville (Edinburgh University Press, 1978).

Reynolds, David. Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville (Knopf, 1988).

Rountree, Thomas J., ed. Critics on Melville (University of Miami Press, 1972).

Schultz, Elizabeth A. Unpainted to the Last: Moby-Dick and Twentieth-century American Art (University Press of Kansas, 1995).

Schwab, Gabriele. Subjects Without Selves: Transitional Texts in Modern Fiction. (Harvard University Press, 1994) [Adapted from Gabriele Schwab. Entgrensungen und Entgrezungsmythen (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 1987)].

Spanos, William V. The Errant Art of Moby-Dick: The Canon, the Cold War, and the Struggle for American Studies (Duke University Press, 1995).

Stafford, John. The Literary Criticism of “Young America” (University of California Press, 1952).

Stanonik, Janez. Moby-Dick: The Myth and the Symbol (Ljubljana University Press, 1962).

Sten, Christopher. The Weaver God, He Weaves: Melville and the Poetics of the Novel (Kent State University Press: 1996).

Stern, Milton R. The Fine Hammered Steel of Herman Melville (University of Illinois Press, 1957).

Thomas, Brook. Cross-Examinations of Law and Literature: Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville (Cambridge University Press, 1987).

Thompson, Lawrance. Melville’s Quarrel With God (Princeton University Press, 1952).

Tolchin, Neal. Mourning, Gender, and Creativity in the Art of Herman Melville (Yale University Press, 1988).

Weiner, Susan. Law in Art: Melville’s Major Fiction and Nineteenth-Century American Law (Peter Lang, 1992).

Yannella, Donald and Hershel Parker, eds. The Endless, Winding Way in Melville: New Charts by Kring and Carey (Melville Society, 1981).


Anderson, Charles Roberts. Melville in the South Seas. (Columbia University Press, 1939; reprint: Dover, 1966).

Auden, W. H. The Enchafed Flood: or The Romantic Iconography of the Sea. (Random House, 1950).

Chase, Richard. Herman Melville: A Critical Study. (Macmillan, 1949).

Geist, Stanley. Herman Melville: The Tragic Vision and the Heroic Ideal. (Harvard University Press, 1939).

Lawrence, D.H. Studies in Classic American Literature. (Thomas Seltzer, 1923; reprints: Martin Secker, 1924; Doubleday Anchor Books, 1953; Penguin, 1971).

Matthiessen, F.O. American Renaissance. (Oxford University Press, 1941).

Olson, Charles. Call Me Ishmael (City Lights Books: 1947; reprint: Johns Hopkins University Press: 1997).

Percival, M.O. A Reading of Moby-Dick. (University of Chicago Press, 1950).

Pommer, Henry F. Milton and Melville. (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1950).

Sedgewick, William Ellery. Herman Melville: The Tragedy of Mind. (Harvard University Press, 1944).

Thorp, Willard, ed. Herman Melville: Representative Selections. American Writers Series. (American Book Company, 1938).

Van Doren, Carl. The American Novel. (Macmillan, 1921).

Wright, Nathalia. Melville’s Use of the Bible. (Duke University Press, 1949).


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