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Defoe's "Writings and Manliness" is a well timed intervention in Defoe reports and within the research of masculinity in eighteenth-century literature extra typically. Arguing that Defoe's writings insistently back to the problems of manliness and its opposite effeminacy, this ebook finds how he drew upon a posh and numerous diversity of discourses in which masculinity was once mentioned within the interval. it really is consequently that this booklet crosses over and strikes among glossy paradigms for the research of eighteenth-century masculinity to evaluate Defoe's males. a mixture of his readability of imaginative and prescient, a spirit of contrariness and a streak of ethical didacticism ended in an idiosyncratic and stressed trying out of the forces surrounding his period's rules of manliness. Defoe's males are males, yet they're by no means unproblematically so: they reveal a contrariness which shows failure of manliness isn't very distant.
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143. Further references after quotations in the text. Born gentlemen and godly manliness 41 performance of hyper-gentlemanliness: a body honed in address and composure, and an easy knowledge of a kind of life with which Moll is unfamiliar. Defoe’s ambivalent attitude to the gentry is clearly revealed than in his portrait of Jemy. His birth is offered as both cause of his reduced circumstances, and also offered as an ameliorative for his behaviour, and so he becomes (relatively) unblameable for resorting to tricking women into marrying him.
In the first edition of the poem in 1705, it gathered little comment, but by the 1720s, when his revised and enlarged version was published, Mandeville’s argument had become infamous. 36 These explanations for national economic expansion and growth offered a proto-psychology of consumerism. 37 These, then, were the forerunners of The Fable of the Bees, but their arguments were a hornet’s nest to both civic humanists and reformers, who saw in commercial expansion based upon desire for luxuries the corruption of national virtue.
In contrast to his attempts at a successful negotiation between warring ideological imperatives in the early 1700s, Defoe’s A Plan of the English Commerce echoes the neutrality of the economic history posited in An Argument, Shewing, that a Standing Army … is not Inconsistent with a Free Government, but it was obviously aimed at a trading readership that would be flattered to see this paean to their rise to prominence and to the post-feudal commercial boom, and a history that severed the link between luxury and effeminacy.
Defoes Writings and Manliness by Stephen H. Gregg