Textual Disruption in Anna Trapnel's Report and Plea (1654)

April 2008
Seventeenth Century;Spring2008, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p34
Academic Journal
Anna Trapnel's Report and Plea (1654) is an autobiographical account of Trapnel's journey to Cornwall during the spring of 1654 and her subsequent imprisonment in Bridewell, London. The text of the Report and Plea contains a significant anomaly: a gathering, marked 'd', which appears between the D and E gatherings of this quarto pamphlet, disrupting its pagination. This article provides some possible explanations for the aberrant d gathering of the Report and Plea. In doing so, it argues that the material form of Trapnel's texts provides new insight into her developing self-consciousness as a writer.


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