Defoe's Footprints

Defoe's Footprints

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In Defoe's Footprints, essays by prominent scholars of eighteenth-century literature salute Maximillian E. Novak's influence upon the study of Daniel Defoe. Best known today as the author of Robinson Crusoe, Defoe was a prolific writer in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries who wrote novels, essays, pamphlets, and poems. Widely extending Novak's perspectives, this volume explores Defoe's place in the English novel and in literary developments of mimesis, realism, and popular mythology. The contributors locate Defoe in new ways within the complex symbolism and discourse of a turbulent world of burgeoning capitalism, Protestantism, imperialism, and economic speculation. With attention to Defoe's neglected writings as well as to his important works, this volume uncovers his distance from and influence on modern literature, paying tribute to Maximillian E. Novak by presenting new ideas about, and new readings of, Daniel Defoe.The three works are Robinson Crusoe, Frankenstein, and Dracula. This essay is a thought experiment about the ways in which these three iconic novels may interrelate as myth, about axes that intersect in them and that have allowed them toanbsp;...

Title:Defoe's Footprints
Author:Robert M. Maniquis, Carl Fisher, University of California, Los Angeles. Center for 17th- & 18th- Century Studies
Publisher:University of Toronto Press - 2009


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