Defoe's Politics: Parliament, Power, Kingship And 'robinson Crusoe' (Cambridge Studies In Eighteenth-Century English Literature And Thought)
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 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 origin...
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought (Book 9)
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 2, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 11034575
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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. The model illuminates his original reading of 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 life-long political preoccupations concerning society, government and kingship.