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By Dennis Todd

The Americas look as an evocative environment in additional than half Daniel Defoe's novels, and sometimes supply a brand new starting for his characters. within the first full-length examine of Defoe and colonialism, Dennis Todd explores why the recent international loomed so huge in Defoe's mind's eye. by way of targeting the old contexts that educated 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 yank event in advanced, usually figurative how you can discover the mental bases of the profound conversions and alterations that his heroes and heroines endure. And via interpreting what Defoe knew and didn't find out about the US, 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 undertaking he so fervently promoted.

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