The Nautilus (Current Issue, Volume X 2019)
The spring 2019 issue of The Nautilus is the tenth annual edition of the journal. The first essay, by Jessica Floyd, examines the sexual hierarchy and politics at play on vessels in the Age of Sail through meticulous analysis of the chantey “The Shaver.” Wayne Franklin’s essay on an early American novel of polar exploration, Symzonia (1820), may have unmasked the author behind the pseudonymous “Capt. Adam Seaborn.” Bert Bender presents a literary appreciation of the writers who began the American maritime literary tradition, Dana and Melville, and those who were inspired by them in the last years of sail. In a note, Josh Commander writes of the Red Rover’s ship as an analogue of his self in Cooper’s novel; and in another note, Margaret Fafa Nutsukpo writes of the poetic response of Ekaete George to the oil politics of the Niger Delta. This year’s edition also has eleven book reviews, ranging from an assessment of a new critical edition of Cooper’s The Wing-and-Wing; to a history of shipping in China; a glossary of terms for Pearl Harbor; an illustrated history of maritime Maine; an edited volume of Mark Twain’s maritime writings; a modern-day survival story at sea off Montauk Point; a meditation on the value of Herman Melville; a history of Rhode Island’s role in World War II; the story of the clash of steamship magnates for commerce in the North Atlantic; a critical edition of Henry T. Cheever’s 1850 The Whale and His Captors; and, finally, a volume on rivercraft in Huckleberry Finn. Volume X of The Nautilus is available as of June 2019.