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

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Cambridge University Press, 1991 M03 29 - 174 páginas
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 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. 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.
 

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Introduction
1
Defoe dissent and monarchy
9
Defoes Reflections Upon the Late Great Revolution and
21
Defender of the king 16891701
43
From the death of William III to Jure Divino 17021706
89
Juro Divino
124
The politics of Robinson Crusoe
141
Select bibliography
165
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