Robert Levine, “What Is an American? Race, Emigration, and Nation in the Writings of Herman Melville.”
April 23rd, 3:30 pm, Gowan 400
Catholic University, Washington, DC
Reception to follow
Robert S. Levine is Professor of English and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He got his PhD at Stanford University and has been teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park, since 1983. He is the author of Conspiracy and Romance (1989), Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity (1997), Dislocating Race and Nation (2008), The Lives of Frederick Douglass (2016), and Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies (2018) and the editor or coeditor of over 20 volumes, including Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation (2008) and The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville (2014). His current book project is “Frederick Douglass and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson,” which is under contract with W.W. Norton. He is the General Editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature. He has received fellowships from the NEH and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2014 the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association awarded him the Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American literary studies.