Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 26–36 | Cite as

They Speak in Mangled ‘Memberment’: Miller’s, Muir’s, and Hoban’s Recollective Journeys to the Edge of Incomprehensibility

  • Charles E. Gannon


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles E. Gannon
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  1. 1.English DepartmentSt. Bonaventure UniversityUSA

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