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First published in 1985, Defoe’s Fiction explores Defoe’s work by considering it in the context of its genre.
The book highlights the difficulty of placing Defoe’s fiction in the most appropriate context due to it being aimed primarily at a popular market, in contrast to the more literary productions of Pope, Swift, or Addison. It also comments on the trend of focusing on Defoe’s irony or emphasising his mimetic power. In doing so, it seeks to explain, rather than judge, Defoe’s achievement by looking at his whole body of work in the context of its genre.
Defoe’s Fiction will appeal to those with an interest in Defoe, comparative literature, and the history of literary criticism.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Defoe?; 1: Reading Defoe; 2: Reading Popular Fiction; 3: Robinson Crusoe and Adventure; 4: Moll Flanders, Crime and Comfort; 5: Roxana, Scandal and Tragedy; Conclusion: Novels and Romances; Index
Ian A. Bell