Topographies of the Imagination: New Approaches to Daniel Defoe
Topographies of the Imagination is a collection that traces the diverse contours of Defoe’s gifted intellect but also the ways in which general public, literary critics, and editors have depicted and shaped Defoe across time. The book describes his significance, elusiveness, and importance of his works.
Daniel Defoe (1660 – 1731) is an English writer and publicist. He is known mainly as the author of the novel “Robinson Crusoe”. Defoe is considered one of the first supporters of the novel as a genre. He helped popularize the genre in the UK, and some consider him one of the founders of the English novel. Defoe is a prolific and diverse writer, he wrote more than 500 books, pamphlets and magazines on various topics (politics, economics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology, supernatural, etc.). He was also the founder of economic journalism. In journalism, he propagandized bourgeois sanity, advocated religious tolerance and freedom of speech.
Topographies of the Imagination includes a wide variety of theoretical and critical approaches to the life and writings of Defoe.
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