Lit Fest Keynote: John Bryant
Carroll College is hosting its annual Literary Festival, November 8-9. Sponsored by the Carroll Department of Languages and Literature, the literary festival theme, “Our Words, Our Power” is inspired by the writing of John Bryant, who has written extensively about “fluid texts” which evolve over time, and is the author of numerous books and articles on Melville.
Dr. Bryant will be delivering the keynote lecture, “Word, Power, Bartleby: Reading Melville in the Digital Age,” on Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m., which explores the question: What relevance does a famous nineteenth-century writer like Herman Melville – author of Moby-Dick and “Bartleby the Scrivener”– have for us in the twenty-first century?
John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of English at Hofstra University, is the author of A Companion to Melville Studies (Greenwood), Melville and Repose (Oxford), The Fluid Text (Michigan), Melville Unfolding (Michigan), and over 60 articles on Melville, related nineteenth-century writers, scholarly editing, and digital scholarship. He is the founding editor of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies and has published print editions of Typee (Penguin), The Confidence-Man (Random House), Melville’s Tales, Poems, and Other Writings (Modern Library), and the Longman Critical Edition of Moby-Dick. His electronic edition Herman Melville’s Typee (Rotunda, University of Virginia) received the MLA-CSE seal of approval in 2009. He is founder and director of the online critical archive and scholarly edition Melville Electronic Library (MEL) and of Hofstra University’s Digital Research Center. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Editor Award given by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ). Currently, he is working on a comprehensive biography titled Herman Melville: A Half Known Life (Wiley).