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Defoe's America - Dennis Todd

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2010
ISBN: 9780521195812
Number Of Pages: 240

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The Americas appear as an evocative setting in more than half of Daniel Defoe's novels, and often offer a new beginning for his characters. In the first full-length study of Defoe and colonialism, Dennis Todd explores why the New World loomed so large in Defoe's imagination. By focusing on the historical contexts that informed Defoe's depiction of American Indians, African slaves, and white indentured servants, Dennis Todd investigates the colonial assumptions that shaped his novels and, at the same time, uncovers how Defoe used details of the American experience in complex, often figurative ways to explore the psychological bases of the profound conversions and transformations that his heroes and heroines undergo. And by examining what Defoe knew and did not know about America, what he falsely believed and what he knowingly falsified, Defoe's America probes the doubts, hesitancies, and contradictions he had about the colonial project he so fervently promoted.

"In exploring the indentured servant as an emblem of the spiritual autobiography, Todd provides a clear example of balanced and exacting analysis that moves through both the vertical rise of spiritual autobiography and the horizontal time's arrow of history." -Michael Yonan, Critiques de Livres

Prefacep. viii
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Defoe's Americap. 1
Mastering the savage: conversion in Robinson Crusoep. 32
Servitude and self-transformation in Colonel Jackp. 76
Moll Flanders and the misrepresentation of servitudep. 118
Conclusion: Defoe, cannibals, and colonialismp. 158
Notesp. 180
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 226
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ISBN: 9780521195812
ISBN-10: 0521195810
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.53