Sebastian Tants-Boestad is a doctoral researcher at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA). His thesis focuses on the configurations of trust in the prose writings of Herman Melville. His other research interests include American Transcendentalism, the contemporary novel, and the intersection between intellectual history and narrative texts.

Book Review: The Value of Herman Melville by Geoffrey Sanborn

Given Herman Melville’s towering status in American literary and cultural history, it seems rather odd to ponder his ‘value’: his reputation and elevated position in the cultural canon are sufficient to over-awe the reader and convince them that his works must be what is casually referred to as ‘great literature’. Continue reading