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The Resource Defoe and the Whig novel : a reading of the major fiction, Leon Guilhamet

Defoe and the Whig novel : a reading of the major fiction, Leon Guilhamet

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Defoe and the Whig novel : a reading of the major fiction
Title
Defoe and the Whig novel
Title remainder
a reading of the major fiction
Statement of responsibility
Leon Guilhamet
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 Defoe's protagonists are forced into a temporary individualism in order to obey the natural law of survival, they eventually recognize their need for social interaction and seek the leisure afforded by society to repent for the crimes they have committed." "Defoe's fictional settings all begin in the reign of the Stuarts, but the lack of specificity invariably reflects on the Hanoverian political and social situation, which witnessed a crisis in Whig leadership from 1717 to Walpole's resumption of power after the disaster of the South Sea Bubble and the sudden deaths of Stanhope and Sunderland. This serious split in Whig leadership probably played a role in Defoe's turning toward fiction. But Defoe never abandoned his social and political views. This study explores how his social viewpoint actuates his major fiction." "By creating talented characters, many of whom were denied the opportunity to function within a rational social and economic setting, Defoe takes up the social concerns expressed in his Essay on Projects (1697) and other early works. He concluded that the establishment of the opportunity for equality was essential for the broad prosperity of the British nation and that such prosperity could only be realized by the development of trade on a large scale. By creating a fiction that allowed him to envision the possiblities and outcomes of some of his social ideas, e.g., the transformative values of criminal transportation, he could assess the value of recovering the services of a talented portion of the populace lost to crime. Though his settings are in the era of the Stuarts, the social and moral lessons are always applicable to the Hanoverian present." "When Defoe abandoned fiction after the publication of Roxana in 1724, he returned to the social concerns which he had never lost sight of in such late works as "The Protestant Monastery, or a Complaint Against the Brutality of the Present Age" (1727), "Augusta Triumphans" (1728), and "Some Objections...Relating to the Present Intended Relief of Prisoners" (1729). Defoe recognized that economic success was essential to prosperity, and only prosperity could insure a steady improvement in social well-being. This social imperative forms the basis of Defoe's major fiction."--BOOK JACKET
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Guilhamet, Leon
Dewey number
823/.5
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3408.P6
LC item number
G85 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Politics and literature
  • Politics and culture
  • Political fiction, English
  • Defoe, Daniel
  • Whig Party (Great Britain)
Label
Defoe and the Whig novel : a reading of the major fiction, Leon Guilhamet
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 226-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
461324155
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780874130898
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009044952
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)461324155
  • (OCoLC)461324155
Label
Defoe and the Whig novel : a reading of the major fiction, Leon Guilhamet
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 226-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
461324155
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9780874130898
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009044952
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)461324155
  • (OCoLC)461324155

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