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

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

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 200 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521384520
  • DDC分類 823.5

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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.

Table of Contents

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.