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Defoe's Politics: Parliament, Power, Kingship and 'Robinson Crusoe' (Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought)
Title:

Defoe's Politics: Parliament, Power, Kingship and 'Robinson Crusoe' (Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought)

Author:
Manuel Schonhorn
ISBN:
0521384524
ePub book size:
1715 kb
PDF book size:
1603 kb
Other formats:
DJVU, CB7, AZF, PDF, iBOOKS
ISBN13
978-0521384520
Rating:
4.3 of 5
Votes:
397
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press; Digitally Printed 1st Pbk. Version edition (March 29, 1991)
Language:
English
Subcatergory:
History & Criticism
This study of Defoe's politics aims to challenge the critical demand to see Defoe as a "modern" and to counter misrepresentations of his political writings by restoring their seventeenth-century context. Offering a full examination of Defoe's years as a political reporter and journalist (1689-1715), it recovers his traditional, conservative and anti-Lockean ideas on contemporary issues: the origins of society, the role of the people in the establishment of a political society and how monarchies are created and maintained as the means of achieving a beneficent political order. At the heart of Defoe's political imagination, Manuel Schonhorn finds the vision of a warrior-king, derived from sources in the Bible, and in ancient and English history. The model illuminates his original reading of Robinson Crusoe, which emerges less in terms of a family romance, a tract for the rising bourgeoisie or a Lockean parable of government, than as a dramatic re-enactment of Defoe's life-long political preoccupations concerning society, government and kingship.
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