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Samuel Johnson’s Discursive Possession and <i>A Voyage to Abyssinia</i>

Wendy Laura Belcher

in Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199793211
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793211.003.0002
Samuel Johnson’s Discursive Possession and A Voyage to Abyssinia

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This chapter describes Johnson’s experience of translating A Voyage to Abyssinia during a period of mental illness, which resulted in his discursive possession. The chapter analyzes how the multiple conflicting sources of the textwould have contributed to such.

Keywords: Ethiopian discourse; discursive possession; a Voyage to Abyssinia; Voyage historique d'Abissinie; Jerónimo Lobo; Joachim Le Grand

Chapter.  10825 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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