17-19 octobre 2019 – Colloque Melville’s Measures

Publié le 1 octobre 2019


  • 17-18 octobre à Lille
  • 19 octobre à Paris


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Le programme détaillé :

  • October 17th (Lille)

9.00-9.45am Registration

9.45-10am Welcome

10.00-11.00am Plenary address by Cody Marrs “On Melville and Beauty”

11.00-11.15am Coffee break

11.15am-12.45pm Session 1

Panel 1 Poetic Measures (Chair: Elizabeth Duquette)

  • Samuel Otter: “Moby-Dick, Prose, and Poetry: Regarding the ‘Extracts’”
  • Katie McGettigan: “Measuring the Noise of War in Battle-Pieces”
  • Mathieu Duplay: “Surviving the Wreck: Herman Melville, Alice Goodman, and the Power

of Catastrophe”

12.45-2.00pm Lunch

2.00-3.30pm Session 2

Panel 2 Arithmetics of Pain (Chair: Meredith Farmer)

  • Thomas Constantinesco: “‘I must calculate over again’: Melville’s Measure of Pain”
  • David Blake: “‘Keep thy finger on it’: The Prosthetics of Measurement in MobyDick
  • Ryan Heryford: “The ‘Odd Inches’: Melville’s Measured Incorporeal”

Panel 3 Melville’s Approximations (Chair: Helene Cottet)

  • Federico Bellini: “‘I did not trouble myself with the odd inches’: Approximating Melville”
  • Daniel Jenkin-Smith: “‘An interesting and somewhat singular set of men’: Computing

Clerkdom in ‘Bartleby’”

  • Beatrix Pernelle: “‘Bartleby’’s Measurings and Figurings: The Writer’s Impossible

Accounting of the Other”

3.30-4pm Coffee Break

4-5.30pm Session 3

Panel 4 (Un)disciplined bodies? (Chair: Samuel Otter)

  • Edouard Marsoin: “‘Of men, [fat men] are the good measures’: Melville’s Diets”
  • Arturo Corujo: “On the (Im)possibility of Giving a Measure of Oneself: Anatomy, Narration,

and Subjectivity in Herman Melville’s White-Jacket

  • Pilar Martinez Benedi: “‘Where was White-Jacket then?’: Spatial Confinement and

Unbounded Corporeality in Melville’s Man-of-War

Panel 5 “Mere unintelligible words”: Experiencing Language (Chair: Richard Anker)

  • Christopher Christiansen: “‘Alack the stones!’: Stumbling on Language in Clarel
  • K. L. Evans: “Back to Rough Ground: Rethinking the ‘Critique of Language’ with Melville”
  • Amy R. Nestor: “Things, Pulsing: The Poetic Measure of Pierre

October 18th (Lille)

9.00-10.30am Session 4

Panel 6 Rescaling Melville (1): The Measures of Revolutions (Chair: Edouard Marsoin)

  • Duncan Faherty: “‘Melville knew the score’: Remeasuring ‘Benito Cereno’as an Index of

the Globality of the Black Atlantic”

  • Elizabeth Duquette: “The Fog of Tyranny in ‘Benito Cereno’”
  • Jennifer Greiman: “Melville’s Gravity: Force, Mood, Revolution”

10.30-11am Coffee break

11.00am-12.30pm Session 5

Panel 7 Measures of Authority: Deconstructive Approaches (chair: Thomas Dutoit)

  • Richard Anker: “The Measure of Authority. Figuring the Political and Deconstructing the

Death Penalty in Billy Budd, Sailor

  • Nicholas Spengler: “‘Like the needle to the load-stone’: Emergency Politics and the

Foundation of Authority in White-Jacket and Moby-Dick

  • Tae Sung: “The Unappropriated Gift: Melville and the Measureless Measure of the


Panel 8 Chartless Voyages (chair: Michel Imbert)

  • Julien Negre: “The World in a Footnote: Examining Ahab’s Chart in Chapter 44 of Moby-


  • Divyajyoti Singh: “Moby-Dick to Modern Science Writing: Quantum Understanding,

Cosmic Quests”

  • Odile Gannier: “Ephemeris and Celestial Navigation: Melville on Board a ‘World-frigate' »

12.30-1.30pm Lunch

1.30-2.30pm Session 6

Panel 9 Melville’s Frequencies (Chair: Katie McGettigan)

  • Marcy Dinius: “Some bold or indelicate expression: Reading the Asterisks in ‘Benito


  • Alex Benson: “The Waveform of ‘The Encantadas’”

Panel 10 Tracing Melville (Chair: Nicholas Spengler)

  • Tony McGowan: “Melville’s Reliquary Reformations”
  • Yuji Kato: “Herman Melville in the Measurement of Contemporary Cultures:

Transplantations of his Texts in Leos Carax’s POLA X and Kenzaburo Oe’s Death by Water

October 19th (Paris)

9.30-10.30am Plenary address by Branka Arsić: “Coral Psyches: Melville on Minds and


10.30-11am Coffee Break

11.00am-12.30pm Session 7

Panel 11 Rescaling Melville (2): Microscopic and Macroscopic Measures (Chair: Michael


  • Maurice S. Lee: “Reckoning Melville”
  • Paul Hurh: “Big Print: Melville, Media, Magnitude”
  • Ed Sugden: “December 16, 1850”

Panel 12 Wandering in “the World of Mind” (Chair: Thomas Constantinesco)

  • Ross Martin: « Feeling Demonic Limits in Melville”
  • Jonathan Schroeder: “The Whiteness of the Will: Race and the Measure of Monomania”
  • Ronald Paul: “‘… of the final rib’: A Positivist Dispute in Arsacidean Theology”

12.30-1.30pm Lunch

1.30-3.00pm Session 8

Panel 13 “If money’s to be the measurer, man…:” Melville’s Economies (Chair: Jonathan


  • Rodrigo Andres: “Houses as Measures of Alternative Temporalities in Herman Melville’s

Short Stories”

  • Joe Conway: “Melville’s Monies”
  • Douglass Furrh: “The Pecuniary Part of the Business: Delano’s Know Nothingism and the

Piracy of Capitalism in ‘Benito Cereno’”

Roundtable Melville Studies in Europe

3.00-3.30pm Coffee break

3.30-5.30pm Session 9

Panel 14 “The System does not proceed”: Melville’s Subversive Science (Chair: Paul Hurh)

  • Michael Jonik: “Melville’s Subversive Geometry”
  • Meredith Farmer: “‘Death trellised life’: Melville and the Model of Early Organic


  • Hannah Murray: « The Character of Whiteness: Race Science and Bartleby »
  • Michel Imbert: « ‘Angels, Angles, Triangles in Pierre; or, the Ambiguities« 

5.30pm Cocktail