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Author Merrett, Robert James
Title Daniel Defoe : contrarian / Robert James Merrett
Imprint Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©2013
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib 2F  823.5 D3622zMe 2013    AVAILABLE  -  30500101515115
Descript xx, 409 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-380) and index
Contraries : linguistic, narrative, and theological -- Just reflections -- Serious reflections : an apology for faith and fiction -- Biblical allusions as narrative resources -- Political impersonations and cultural implications -- Political imaginings : sacred and profane -- Marriage and matrimony : the dialectic of sex and love -- Defoe's imaginary : narrative inference, figurative expression, and spiritual cognition
"A highly conscious wordsmith, Daniel Defoe used expository styles in his fiction and non-fiction that reflected his ability to perceive material and intellectual phenomena from opposing, but not contradictory perspectives. Moreover, the boundaries of genre within his wide-ranging oeuvre can prove highly fluid. In this study, Robert James Merrett approaches Defoe's body of work using interdisciplinary methods that recognize dialectic in his verbal creativity and cognitive awareness
Examining more than ninety of Defoe's works, Merrett contends that this author's literariness exploits a conscious dialogue that fosters the reciprocity of traditional and progressive authorial procedures. Along the way, he discusses Defoe's lexical and semantic sensibility, his rhetorical and aesthetic theories, his contrarian theology, and more. Merrett proposes that Defoe's contrarian outlook celebrates a view of consciousness that acknowledges the brain's bipartite structure, and in so doing illustrates how cognitive science may be applied to further explorations of narrative art."--Pub. desc
Subject Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731 -- Criticism and interpretation
Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731 -- Psychology
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