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By Elizabeth R. Napier

This publication specializes in the pervasive crisis with narrativity and self-construction that marks Defoe’s first-person fictional narratives. Defoe’s fictions concentration obsessively and elaborately at the act of storytelling—not simply in his production of idiosyncratic voices preoccupied with the telling (and frequently the concealing) in their personal existence tales but in addition in his narrators’ repeated adversion to different, untold tales that compete for realization with their own.

Defoe’s narratives bring up profound questions on selfhood and organization (as good as show competing attitudes approximately narration) in his fictive worlds. His canon indicates a large variety of first-person fictional bills, from pseudo-memoir (A magazine of the Plague Year, Memoirs of a Cavalier) to legal autobiography (Moll Flanders) to confession (Roxana), and the narrators of those bills (secretive, compulsive, fractive) express an array of resistances to the telling in their existence tales. Such experiments with narration evince Defoe’s deep involvement in initiatives of self-description and -delineation, as he interrogates the bounds of the self and dramatizes the arduousness of self-accounting. Defoe’s fictions are emphatically consciousness-centered and the importance of one of these concentration to the improvement of the unconventional is patently as nice as is his “realistic” variety. Defoe’s narrative undertaking, actually, demanding situations present perspectives at the second at which inwardness and interiority start, as Lukács argued, to contain the subject material of the radical, implicitly attributing to id and cognizance a spot of sign and complicated value within the new genre.

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