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  • From the Mast-Head
  • Brian Yothers

With the first issue of 2021, we continue a series of transitions at Leviathan that began last year with our editorial transition from Samuel Otter’s term as Editor to mine and from my term as Associate Editor to Jennifer Greiman’s term. I am happy to announce that Paul Hurh (University of Arizona) has now joined our editorial staff as Book Review Editor, after seven years of exemplary service in that role by Dawn Coleman (University of Tennessee). Paul is the author of American Terror: The Feeling of Thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville (2015), and he brings keen insight into Melville’s position in nineteenth-century American intellectual history to his role with Leviathan. It has been a privilege to work with Dawn for the last seven years, and Jennifer Greiman, Mary K. Bercaw Edwards (our Extracts editor), and I are delighted to welcome Paul to the journal.

We are also in the midst of a transition on our Advisory Board and our Editorial Board. Leviathan has been fortunate to have great continuity on our boards over the first two decades of the journal’s existence, and we are pleased that we have some longtime members of the boards who have agreed to continue in the coming years even as some members have decided to step down after many years of service to the journal. We have also invited a number of distinguished scholars in Melville studies and nineteenth-century American literary studies to join our Advisory Board and our Editorial Board. Jennifer and I would like to thank the departing members of the boards for their service and to welcome the new members and to thank and welcome back the continuing board members.

On the Advisory Board of Leviathan, we are especially grateful for the continued leadership of Founding Editor John Bryant and our most recent past Editor, Samuel Otter, who have shaped the journal in profound and far-reaching ways and continue to do so through their advice and guidance. We also have two former members of our editorial staff who have agreed to serve on the board starting in 2021: Wyn Kelley, former Associate Editor and Editorial Board member, and Dawn Coleman, former Book Review Editor, have both agreed to join the Advisory Board. The wealth of editorial experience that Bryant, Otter, Kelley, and Coleman bring to the board will be immensely valuable as we navigate the 2020s. Christopher Freeburg, David Greven, Rodrigo Lazo, [End Page 1] Robert S. Levine (who, like Wyn Kelley, moves from the Editorial Board), and Steven Olsen-Smith have all generously agreed to contribute their time and expertise in areas including Melville in the Americas, Melville and the politics and aesthetics of race and gender, transatlantic Melville studies, and Melville’s reading and biography to our Advisory Board. We are also grateful that H. Bruce Franklin has agreed to continue his service on the Advisory Board.

We would like to thank past Advisory Board members Andrew Delbanco, Edgar Dryden, Lea Newman, Arnold Rampersad, Elizabeth Schultz, and G. Thomas Tanselle for their stalwart support of the journal since its founding, and we wish them the best as they move on to new endeavors. We look forward to reaching out to the Advisory Board for strategic guidance as we continue to shape the journal’s direction for the coming years.

The Editorial Board of Leviathan welcomes new members as well: Hester Blum, Jonathan A. Cook, Colin Dayan, Michael Jonik, Timothy Marr, Cody Marrs, Justine S. Murison, Ralph Savarese, Jordan Alexander Stein, and Ivy Wilson, a group of outstanding scholars in American literary studies who can further invigorate the range of approaches we take to Melville in Leviathan. We are also pleased that John Samson, Martha Nell Smith, Priscilla Wald, Robert K. Wallace, and John Wenke have agreed to continue on the Editorial Board.

We thank Jonathan Arac, Charlene Avallone, Susan K. Harris, Carolyn Karcher, David Leverenz, Robert Milder, Joel Myerson, Larry Reynolds, Geoffrey Sanborn, Haskell Springer, and Brook Thomas for their years of service on the board and gratefully wish them well as they move on from the roles they have played.

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