Abstract

Abstract:

Consisting of a mere seven sentences full of commonplace and repetitive words, the Mayflower Compact has been celebrated as an important historical, legal, and political document, but overlooked from a literary point of view. In directing our attention to the Compact's language, however, we find a text whose literary and legal significance lies in the very qualities that kept most readers away: the banality of its words and their semantic repetition, or what is known as synonymy.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-147X
Print ISSN
0012-8163
Pages
pp. 105-129
Launched on MUSE
2021-02-10
Open Access
No
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