Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders

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This Guide examines the major trends and movements in critical interpretation of two of the most popular and widely-studied eighteenth-century novels, from the earliest reception history to the present day. The thematic organization of material points out similarities and differences between the two books and maps Defoe studies onto some of the obvious lines of development that criticism in general has taken over the last century in particular. The volume also features a ...

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Overview

This Guide examines the major trends and movements in critical interpretation of two of the most popular and widely-studied eighteenth-century novels, from the earliest reception history to the present day. The thematic organization of material points out similarities and differences between the two books and maps Defoe studies onto some of the obvious lines of development that criticism in general has taken over the last century in particular. The volume also features a bibliography and further reading section.

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Meet the Author

Paul Baines is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool. His previous publications include The Long Eighteenth Century (Hodder Arnold, 2004) and The Complete Critical Guide to Alexander Pope (Routledge, 2000).

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Early Responses     8
The Rise of Novel Criticism (1925-60)     34
The Art of Fiction (1960-75)     51
Traditions and Innovations (1975-85)     73
Themes and Variations: Recent Criticism     95
Conclusion     124
Adaptations and Appropriations     130
Notes     134
Bibliography     148
Index     157
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