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National philology, imperial hierarchies, and the 'Defective' book of Sir John Mandeville

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This article examines when and how the ‘Defective’ version of the Book of Sir John Mandeville came to be called ‘defective’. It describes the use of this name by Sir George F. Warner in an edition produced in 1889 for the elite bibliographic society the Roxburghe Club. Drawing on recent work in disability studies, it argues that the philological use of ‘defective’ be read in conjunction with its broader use in the elaboration of hierarchies of class, race, and gender. Far from a neutral descr...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1093/res/hgz140

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-9155-5241
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Review of English Studies More from this journal
Volume:
71
Issue:
302
Pages:
828-849
Publication date:
2019-12-31
Acceptance date:
2019-11-19
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EISSN:
1471-6968
ISSN:
0034-6551
Language:
English
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uuid:29395df7-b711-4616-b83b-87475d947202
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pubs:1072933
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1072933
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2019-11-19

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