The Cambridge Companion to Daniel Defoe

The Cambridge Companion to Daniel Defoe


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The Cambridge Companion to Daniel Defoe by John Richetti

Daniel Defoe had an eventful and adventurous life as a merchant, politician, spy, and literary hack. He is one of the eighteenth century's most lively, innovative, and important authors, famous not only for his novels, including Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, and Roxana, but for his extensive work in journalism, political polemic, travel writing, and conduct guides. This volume surveys the wide range of Defoe's fiction and non-fiction, and assesses his importance as writer and thinker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521858403
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Richetti is A. M. Rosenthal Professor (Emeritus) of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Notes on Contributors viii

Chronology xi

Introduction John Richetti 1

1 Defoe: The Man in the Works Paula R. Backscheider 5

2 Defoe's political and religious journalism Maximillian E. Novak 25

3 Defoe, commerce, and empire Srinivas Aravamudan 45

4 Defoe and criminal fiction Hal Gladfelder 64

5 Money and character in Defoe's fiction Deidre Shauna Lynch 84

6 Defoe's Tour and the identity of Britain Pat Rogers 102

7 Defoe as narrative innovator John Richetti 121

8 Gender and fiction in Moll Flanders and Roxana Ellen Pollak 139

9 Defoe and London Cynthia Wall 158

10 Robinson Crusoe: varieties of fictional experience Michael Seidel 182

11 Defoe: satirist and moralist John McVeagh 200

12 Defoe and poetic tradition J. Paul Hunter 216

Guide to further reading 237

Index 244

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