Truth and Wonder in Richard Head's Geographical Fictions

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  • Sonia Villegas López Universidad de Huelva

Keywords:

Richard Head, Brazile island, Truth and wonder, Deception, Plurality of worlds

Abstract

In The Floating Island (1673), The Western Wonder (1674) and O-Brazile (1675), Richard Head explores the verisimilitude of geographical discourse in supporting the existence of the mysterious Brazile and uses the factual discourse of the travel diarist to present a semi-mythical place, stretching the limits of believability. Following Kate Loveman’s interpretation of late seventeenth-century fiction as deceptive, and setting the reading of Head’s narrations in the context of theories about the plurality of worlds, I argue that Head’s short fictions are a means of testing the readers’ gullibility at a time when the status of prose fiction is at debate.

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Author Biography

Sonia Villegas López, Universidad de Huelva

Department of English

Associate Professor

Published

2020-12-17

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