Volume V 2014

The fifth annual edition of The Nautilus (Spring 2014) contains essays on the chanty genre, the women pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and Melville’s White-Jacket. Gibb Schreffler’s essay on chanties examines the effect of twentieth-century editors of song collections on “perceptions of the origins, cultural affiliations, and content of chanties,” arguing that a critical re-evaluation is necessary to account for possible cultural biases and to reassess the historical reliability of popular source material. LuElla D’Amico’s examination of the pirates Ann Bonny and Mary Read provides a cultural history of the women as both historical figures and as iconic females, from Capt. Charles Johnson’s first narrative of their exploits in A General History of the Pyrates (1724) to contemporary versions of them in literature and film. In Ellie Stedall’s essay on White-Jacket, both the novel and the eponymous protagonist, she explores the literature of impressment through “Melville’s experiment in sailor tailoring.” This edition also includes book reviews on the science of whales; Medieval and Renaissance maritime maps; a maritime cultural history of British Romanticism; transatlantic migration in the early twentieth century; British sea rovers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; an “ecocritical” examination of Shakespeare’s ocean; fish migration on Atlantic rivers; the history of the sailing ship City of Ottawa; an essay collection on Melville as a poet; and a natural history of the cormorant.

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