Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies
Volume 21, Number 2 - June 2019
The June 2019 issue of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies (vol. 21, no. 2) is now available on Project Muse! If you have a subscription, click here to download.This issue is the second of the four “Melville at 200” issues being published in the year of Melville's bicentennial. It features a collection retrospective essays commemorating the completion of the 15-volume Northwestern-Newberry edition of The Writings of Herman Melville. These retrospective essays were written by editors and scholars who worked on the Northwestern-Newberry edition during the more than 50 years it took to bring the project to completion in 2017. This issue of Leviathan also contains three essays on Moby-Dick and a look at the papers presented at the MLA conference in January. John Bryant reviews the final Northwestern-Newberry volume, "Billy Budd, Sailor" and Other Uncompleted Writings" in the context of the primary goal of N-N project to establish accurate texts. Bryant also discusses the ongoing project of the Melville Electronic LIbrary to make available online fluid texts that include layered sections of color-coded text that represent Melville's sequence of revisions. Dues-paying members of The Melville Society who subscribe to the print edition should receive their copies in the mail soon. For information about subscribing to Leviathan, click here.