Defoes America by Dennis ToddDefoes America by Dennis Todd

Defoes America

byDennis Todd

Hardcover | August 23, 2010

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The Americas appear as an evocative setting in more than half of Daniel Defoe's novels, and often offer a new beginning for his characters. In the first full-length study of Defoe and colonialism, Dennis Todd explores why the New World loomed so large in Defoe's imagination. By focusing on the historical contexts that informed Defoe's depiction of American Indians, African slaves, and white indentured servants, Dennis Todd investigates the colonial assumptions that shaped his novels and, at the same time, uncovers how Defoe used details of the American experience in complex, often figurative ways to explore the psychological bases of the profound conversions and transformations that his heroes and heroines undergo. And by examining what Defoe knew and did not know about America, what he falsely believed and what he knowingly falsified, Defoe's America probes the doubts, hesitancies, and contradictions he had about the colonial project he so fervently promoted.
Title:Defoes AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:August 23, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521195810

ISBN - 13:9780521195812


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Defoe's America; 2. Mastering the savage: conversion in Robinson Crusoe; 3. Servitude and self-transformation in Colonel Jack; 4. Moll Flanders and the misrepresentation of servitude; Conclusion: Defoe, cannibals, and colonialism; Bibliography; Index.