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Defoe and the Whig novel : a reading of the major fiction

Author: Leon Guilhamet
Publisher: Newark : University of Delaware Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This critical study challenges some widely accepted views of Defoe's fiction. Based on a close reading of the major fiction and a broad assessment of history, the author rejects individualism as an ideal espoused in Defoe's fiction and argues that Marxist interpretations have distorted the influences on Defoe and depicted him unfairly as a proponent of capitalism and exploiter of native peoples. Although all of
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Guilhamet, Leon.
Defoe and the Whig novel.
Newark : University of Delaware Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009044952
Named Person: Daniel Defoe; Daniel Defoe
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leon Guilhamet
OCLC Number: 647927721
Description: 1 online resource (243 pages)
Contents: The Whig revolution --
Defoe and the Whigs --
Captivity and deliverance as Whig myth: Robinson Crusoe --
From necessity to liberty, or piracy without guilt: Captain Singleton --
Moll Flanders and management: the improvement of the plantation --
A guide through Hell: a journal of the plague year --
A Whig parable of success manqué: Colonel Jack --
Roxana and the importance of marriage.
Responsibility: Leon Guilhamet.

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Places Defoe's major fiction in the emerging Whig culture of the early eighteenth century. It argues that Defoe's novels reflected mainstream Whig social and political concerns, the same concerns  Read more...

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