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The Discoverie of Guiana
Lowell Duckert

regions hitherto unknown in writing. Ralegh’s promise, one of his last, is noteworthy more for its astonishing transmutations of narrative than it is for its personal poignancy. Fuller, for instance, ultimately posits Ralegh’s deferral as a reaction to his tumultuous relationship with Elizabeth. The profit of deferral, Fuller argues, is the deferral of sexual violence: Guiana maintains its ‘maidenhead’.34 I wish to expand on Fuller’s point, for I find the profit in the imagination crucially evoked in this scene, just as Mandeville’s spirit, like Columbus’s, is similarly

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