Volume VI 2015

The sixth annual edition of The Nautilus (Spring 2015) contains essays on David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet and the trope of the White Ship; Olaudah Equiano’s construction of a hybrid identity as both a mariner and a slave in the eighteenth-century transatlantic world; and Virginia Woolf’s feminist interpretation of transatlantic voyaging in her first novel The Voyage Out. John H. Baker’s essay on Peace’s novels of late-twentieth-century Britain ties the characters’ apocalyptic visions to the historic wreck of the White Ship and the death of the sole legitimate heir of Henry I, William Atheling, in a maritime disaster that changed the course of English history. In “Almost a Sailor,” Dan Walden argues for a new way of looking at Equiano as hybridization of sailor and terrestrial slave identities rather than of African and British cultural influences. Elizabeth Wright, Richard J. King, and Christie Jackson show us Woolf’s development of her novel The Voyage Out (1915) through her own experiences at sea and her earlier version of the work, Melymbrosia, charting early twentieth-century steam travel at sea from a feminine perspective. Book reviews address both a new translation and a new graphic version of The Odyssey; poetry of the Scottish islands; shipwreck during Superstorm Sandy; a new illustrated edition of Heart of Darkness; a history of the New England coast “from Watch Hill to Woods Hole”; a new biography of Jack London; a study of the law and literature of the nineteenth-century seaman; a memoir of a marine botanist; and a documentary and oral history of Native New England whaling.

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