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Defoe's Politics : Parliament, Power, Kingship and 'Robinson Crusoe' - Manuel Schonhorn

Defoe's Politics

Parliament, Power, Kingship and 'Robinson Crusoe'

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Published: 29th March 1991
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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.

Preface and acknowledgments
A note on attributions
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Defoe, dissent, and monarchy
Defoe's Reflections Upon the Late Great Revolution and the political languages of 1689
Defender of the king, 1689-1701
From the death of William III to Jure Divino, 1702-1706
Juro Divino
The politics of Robinson Crusoe
Select Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521384520
ISBN-10: 0521384524
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 29th March 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.45