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Jordan Howell recently completed his dissertation, Book Abridgment in Eighteenth-Century England. The dissertation is largely an act of recovery for abridged, epitomized, or abstracted texts that have long resided beneath the radar, so to speak, of scholarly discourse. Unlike their unabridged counterparts, abridgments are seldom treated to thorough historical and literary analysis. Located at the intersection of book history and literary studies, his work focuses on the ways in which abridgments challenge long-held opinions of the eighteenth-century canon and in many ways offer alternative textual and publication histories for the century's most renowned books.
Jordan Howell graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English from Armstrong Atlantic State University (2007) and received his MA and PhD from the University of Delaware (2011, 2017). Since coming to Delaware, he has also worked as a research assistant at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. His other research interests include analytical bibliography, digital approaches to bibliography, and Robinson Crusoe.
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