Melville Electronic Library

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MEL’s workspaces here enable scholars, editors, teachers, students, and the public to search, explore, and enjoy both archive and editions.  Use Melville ReMix to assemble images and texts to create projects for publication, classroom assignments, or general circulation. When fully functional, we anticipate users coming to MEL Projects to in the following ways:

Use Cases

For Scholars:

  • For a project on Civil War poetry and journalism, use Battle-Pieces edition to track Melville’s use of the Rebellion Record.
  • Use MEL’s Versions of Moby-Dick and MELCat art to study ekphrasis in Moby-Dick
  • Drawing on Melville’s Marginalia Online, explore Melville’s revision of sources in any of his works.
  • Examine Melville’s geographical imagination by sorting places he wrote about but never visited in comparison to sites he visited.
  • Sort Melville Family Correspondence to establish lines of networking.
  • Compare episodes in Moby-Dick to their corresponding scenes in film.

For Students and Teachers:

  • Invite students to participate in any of the scholarly projects in MEL.
  • Use MEL Projects to build teaching units involving single or multiple Melville works.
  • Use TextLab to transcribe passages in the Billy Budd manuscript and compose Revision Narratives.
  • Use Itinerary to map routes in Melville’s novels (such as Typee, Moby-Dick, Pierre, Israel Potter) or the short stories (such as “Bartleby,” “The Encantadas”)
  • Compare versions of Moby-Dick to study Victorian era censorship and expurgation
  • Use Annotation Studio to collaborate on contextual editing of chapters, stories, or poems

For General Readers:

  • Create a discussion site for a book group, with opportunities for annotating chapters and adding images, map routes.
  • Create a podcast or presentation enabling users to interact with Melville related materials.
  • Create a personalize commonplace book of favorite Melville passages, linked to full editions (MyExtracts)