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Author Schonhorn, Manuel.

Title Defoe's politics : Parliament, power, kingship, and Robinson Crusoe / Manuel Schonhorn
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  820.5 D3143 Z/Scd  AVAILABLE
Description Electronic book
xiii, 174 pages ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in eighteenth-century English literature and thought ; 9
Cambridge studies in eighteenth-century English literature and thought ; 9
Contents Machine derived contents note: A note on attributions -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1. Defoe, dissent, and monarchy -- 2. Defoe's Reflections Upon the Late Great Revolution and the political languages of 1689 -- 3. Defender of the king, 1689-1701 -- 4. From the death of William III to Jure Divino, 1702-1706 -- 5. Jure Divino -- 6. The politics of Robinson Crusoe -- Select bibliography -- Index
Summary 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 them to 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. This model illuminates his original reading of Defoe's greatest political fiction, 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 lifelong political preoccupations concerning society, government and kingship
Analysis English fiction
Notes Title from publishers bibliographic system (viewed on 22 Dec 2011)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-167) and index
Notes Also issued online
Subject Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731 -- Political and social views.
Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731.
Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731. Robinson Crusoe.
Political fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1660-1714.
LC no. 90002067
ISBN 0521384524 (hardback)