Defoe's Footprints: Essays in Honour of Maximillian E. Novak
In Defoe's Footprints, essays by prominent scholars of eighteenth-century literature salute Maximillian E. Novak's influence upon the study of Daniel Defoe. Best known today as the author of Robinson Crusoe, Defoe was a prolific writer in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries who wrote novels, essays, pamphlets, and poems. Widely extending Novak's perspectives, this volume explores Defoe's place in the English novel and in literary developments of mimesis, realism, and popular mythology.
The contributors locate Defoe in new ways within the complex symbolism and discourse of a turbulent world of burgeoning capitalism, Protestantism, imperialism, and economic speculation. With attention to Defoe's neglected writings as well as to his important works, this volume uncovers his distance from and influence on modern literature, paying tribute to Maximillian E. Novak by presenting new ideas about, and new readings of, Daniel Defoe.
- Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
- World Rights
- Page Count: 256 pages
- Dimensions: 6.4in x 0.9in x 9.4in
ReviewsDefoe's Footprints brings together a clutch of penetrating, searching, and altogether fascinating essays on various aspects of Defoe's life and work. Each exhibits a triangulation unique to this sort of volume... The result is consistently riveting.
Prof. Jonathan Kramnick, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, vol 50:03:2010
Author InformationRobert M. Maniquis is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Carl Fisher is a professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics at California State University, Long Beach.
Table of contents
Introduction Robert M. Maniquis and Carl Fisher
1 Defoe's Silences Stuart Sherman
2 The Atmospheres of Robinson Crusoe / Jayne Lewis
3 Poetic Footprints: Some Formal Issues in Defoe's Poetry J. Paul Hunter
4 Mimesis/Mimesis and the Eighteenth-Century British Novel: Representation and Knowledge John Richetti
5 Robinson Crusoe and the Semiotic Crisis of the Eighteenth Century Robert Folkenflik
6 Powerful Affections: Slaves, Servants, and Labours of Love in Defoe's Writing Roxann Wheeler
7 Defoe's 'Black Prince': Elitism, Cpaitalism, and Cultural Difference Laura Brown
8 'The Project and the People': Defoe on the South Sea Bubble and the Public Good Carl Fisher
9 The Writer as Hero from Jonson to Fielding Manuel Schonhorn
10 Robinson Trousseau: Joyce's Defoe Michael Seidel
11 The Novel as Modern Myth John Bender
12 Maximilian E. Novak: A Bibliography
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