American Literature of the Sea and Great Lakes

The Editorial Board



JILL B. GIDMARK is Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Literature and Writing at the University of Minnesota, General College, Minneapolis, where she has taught since 1978. She is the author of Melville Sea Dictionary: A Glossed Concordance and Analysis of the Sea Language in Melville’s Nautical Novels (1982). She has presented at national and international conferences and published essays on Herman Melville’s Clarel, Derek Walcott’s Omeros, and other nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. Her coauthored article on a minor historical figure in Omeros won the 1997 Robert A. Miller Prize. Gidmark annually coordinates sessions on Literature of the Sea for conferences of the College English Association. In 1999 she cochaired with Mary K. Bercaw Edwards a special conference for the Melville Society on Melville and the Sea at Mystic Seaport Museum, and in 2000 she organized and chaired a panel on Literature of the Sea at an international conference of the Hemingway Society in Bimini, Bahamas. She is currently editing a special issue of The Critic on sea literature.



MARY K. BERCAW EDWARDS earned her Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University in 1984. She worked with Harrison Hayford, general editor of the Northwestern-Newberry edition of The Writings of Herman Melville, and was a contributing scholar to four volumes of the series. In addition to her scholarly work, she sailed around the world at the age of sixteen in a thirty-eight-foot ketch. Her book Melville’s Sources was published in 1987. Bercaw Edwards is currently coediting Melville’s Whaling Years with Thomas Farel Heffernan. She teaches Literature of the Sea for the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program and in the graduate program at Wesleyan University. In 1999 she was the program cochair and the on-site logistics coordinator for the Melville and the Sea conference. She also works at Mystic Seaport, where she sets sails on the 1882 full-rigged ship Joseph Conrad and the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan.

ATTILIO FAVORINI is Founding Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. He founded the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival and served as its Producing Director for thirteen years. He is a former editor of Theatre Survey and the author of four plays, including Steel/ City, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1976. Ecco Press has published an anthology of documentary drama under his editorship entitled Voicings (1995). He has also written on the narrative structure of Billy Budd and on the sea plays of John Guare. In 1986 he sailed around the world as Dean of the Semester-at-Sea program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh.

JOSEPH FLIBBERT earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Until his death in 1999, he was Professor of English at Salem State College, where he had also served as chairperson and as director of graduate studies in English. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses on American sea literature for more than twenty years. The author of Melville and the Art of Burlesque (1974), he also contributed a chapter, “Poetry in the Mainstream,” to America and the Sea: A Literary History (1995) and an essay on Nathaniel Hawthorne to Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City (1999). He lectured extensively here and abroad on topics in American and sea literature. He was a founding member and past president of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.

R. D. MADISON is Professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he has led seminars in maritime subjects ranging from The Tempest to Joseph Conrad. He has edited several volumes of nineteenth-century maritime and military literature, including Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s Army Life in a Black Regiment (1997). He has also written a prizewinning play, Prospect for Freedom: Frederick Douglass and John Brown, and a sonnet cycle, “Tuckahoe,” about the Eastern Shore origins of Frederick Douglass. His collection of Bounty narratives is forthcoming.

MARY MALLOY teaches Maritime Studies at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University and is the author of Boston Men on the Northwest Coast (1998) and other works of maritime history. With her husband, Stuart Frank, she has performed traditional songs from American sailing ships on four continents.

HASKELL SPRINGER is Professor of English at the University of Kansas and has also taught at universities in France and Brazil as well as on sailing vessels of the Sea Education Association. He edited America and the Sea: A Literary History (1995), coauthoring the Melville chapter. His articles include “The Nautical Walden” (1984) and “The Captain’s Wife at Sea,” published in Iron Men, Wooden Women (1996). He was the American Culture Association’s Area Chair for Sea Literature for fourteen years and the Popular Culture Association’s for six and has given many conference presentations on literature of the sea. Having begun working on Herman Melville with Studies in Billy Budd (1970), today he is codirector of the Melville Electronic Library, a projected World Wide Web archive-edition of the Melville corpus and related materials, for which he is editing Moby-Dick.