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The Cambridge Companion to Daniel Defoe


Part of Cambridge Companions to Literature

John Richetti, Paula Backscheider, Maximillian Novak, Srinivas Aravamudan, Hal Gladfelder, Deidre Lynch, Pat Rogers, Ellen Pollak, Cynthia Wall, Michael Seidel, John McVeagh, J. Paul Hunter
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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521858403


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  • Daniel Defoe had an eventful and adventurous life as a merchant, politician, spy and literary hack. He is one of the eighteenth century’s most lively, innovative and important authors, famous not only for his novels, including Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, and Roxana, but for his extensive work in journalism, political polemic and conduct guides, and for his pioneering 'Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain.' This volume surveys the wide range of Defoe's fiction and non-fiction, and assesses his importance as writer and thinker. Leading scholars discuss key issues in Defoe's novels, and show how the man who was once pilloried for his writings emerges now as a key figure in the literature and culture of the early eighteenth century.

    • Designed to introduce students to the full range of Defoe's writing
    • Explains Defoe's place in the political, literary and intellectual culture of his time
    • Features a guide to further reading and a chronology
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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521858403
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction John Richetti
    1. Defoe: the man in the works Paula Backscheider
    2. Defoe's political and religious journalism Maximillian Novak
    3. Defoe, commerce, and empire Srinivas Aravamudan
    4. Defoe and criminal fiction Hal Gladfelder
    5. Money and character in Defoe's fiction Deidre Lynch
    6. Defoe's Tour and the identity of Britain Pat Rogers
    7. Defoe as narrative innovator John Richetti
    8. Gender and fiction in Moll Flanders and Roxana Ellen Pollak
    9. Defoe and London Cynthia Wall
    10. Robinson Crusoe and the varieties of fictional experience Michael Seidel
    11. Defoe: satirist and moralist John McVeagh
    12. Defoe and poetic tradition J. Paul Hunter
    Guide to further reading

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    John Richetti, University of Pennsylvania


    John Richetti, Paula Backscheider, Maximillian Novak, Srinivas Aravamudan, Hal Gladfelder, Deidre Lynch, Pat Rogers, Ellen Pollak, Cynthia Wall, Michael Seidel, John McVeagh, J. Paul Hunter

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