Lunchtime Talk with Travis Foster | Melville: Race and Reconciliation after the Civil War

Date / Time

  • October 1, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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

How did Melville’s thinking about American race relations shift after the Civil War? How does this shift help us better understand white nationalism in our own era? This talk addresses these questions by contrasting Melville’s resistance to racist thought in his antebellum writings (especially Typee, Moby-Dick, and Benito Cereno) with his seeming embrace of white nationalism in Battle-Pieces, his collection of Civil War poetry.

About the Speaker

Travis M. Foster is an assistant professor of English at Villanova University. He is the author of Genre and White Supremacy in the Postemancipation United States, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He has also published numerous articles on topics ranging from Lydia Maria Child to campus novels to the early years of the Ladies’ Home Journal. Foster is currently editing The Cambridge Companion to American Literature and the Body.

Dr. Foster is teaching The Rosenbach courses, “Moby-Dick” and “Melville: Beyond Moby-Dick”


Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach are sponsored by Lenore Steiner and Perry Lerner.

About Lunchtime Talks at The Rosenbach

New! Enjoy In Conversation Programs at midday with leading scholars, artists, and authors talking about their work. Tea sandwiches and light refreshments included.

Seating is limited; advance registration is strongly recommended.