Hands-on Tour: Queer Herman Melville

Date / Time

  • January 7, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

In recent years, the works of Herman Melville have attracted new attention for their complex portrayal of human sexuality and interpersonal relationships. What is more, Melville himself has earned iconic status as an historical figure for the LGBTQ+ community. The picture of sexuality that Melville presents in his works is both thought-provoking and ambiguous. In this Hands-On Tour, we’ll dive into early editions of some of Melville’s best-known novels, including Typee, Redburn, Moby-Dick, Pierre, and The Confidence-Man, to explore Melville’s nuanced portrayals of sexuality and their resonances with the politics of gender and sexuality in the 21st century.

About Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours at The Rosenbach

Behind the Bookcase: Hands-on Tours offer unparalleled access to see, and even touch, rare and important items not usually on view to the public. Each program is dedicated to a different author, theme, or topic and grants a truly hands-on experience with materials in The Rosenbach’s inspiring collection.

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