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By Dennis Todd

The Americas seem as an evocative atmosphere in additional than half Daniel Defoe's novels, and sometimes supply a brand new starting for his characters. within the first full-length learn of Defoe and colonialism, Dennis Todd explores why the recent global loomed so huge in Defoe's mind's eye. via concentrating on the old contexts that proficient Defoe's depiction of yank Indians, African slaves, and white indentured servants, Dennis Todd investigates the colonial assumptions that formed his novels and, while, uncovers how Defoe used info of the yankee adventure in advanced, frequently figurative how you can discover the mental bases of the profound conversions and adjustments that his heroes and heroines endure. And via reading what Defoe knew and didn't learn about the United States, what he falsely believed and what he knowingly falsified, Defoe's the United States probes the doubts, hesitancies, and contradictions he had in regards to the colonial venture he so fervently promoted.

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