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Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe/Moll Flanders

by Paul Baines

Part of the Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series

Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe/Moll Flanders Synopsis

Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719) and Moll Flanders (1721) together defined a new way of writing fiction in the eighteenth century. Each was highly controversial in Defoe's time, and each has generated a very large amount of criticism since. This Guide examines the major trends and movements in critical interpretation of these two popular and widely-studied novels, from the earliest reception history to the present day. The thematic and chronological organization of material points out similarities and differences between the two books, and maps Defoe studies onto some of the obvious lines of development that criticism in general has taken over the last century in particular, including feminist, ideological and postcolonial perspectives. The volume also features a section on adaptations of the novels in film and other media.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781403989895
Publication date: 6th November 2007
Author: Paul Baines
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan an imprint of Palgrave USA
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 168 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800,

About Paul Baines

PAUL BAINES is Professor of English at the University of Liverpool, UK. His previous publications include The Long Eighteenth Century (Hodder Arnold, 2004) and The Complete Critical Guide to Alexander Pope (Routledge, 2000).

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