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Transformations of the Supernatural: Problems of Representation in the Work of Daniel Defoe


Schoenenberger, Petra. Transformations of the Supernatural: Problems of Representation in the Work of Daniel Defoe. 2017, University of Zurich, Faculty of Arts.

Abstract

Daniel Defoe's work displays a keen interest in stories of supernatural encounters. Once considering how one might prove supernatural occurrences and whether one can trust eyewitness accounts, Defoe demonstrates that more is at stake. Like his contemporaries, Defoe wonders about the range of scientific insight, and about the moral and epistemological ramifications of unchallenged trust and faith. His transformations of the supernatural probe the boundaries of knowledge and evidence and play with the limits of cognition, emphasizing the inseparability of mind and emotion.

Abstract

Daniel Defoe's work displays a keen interest in stories of supernatural encounters. Once considering how one might prove supernatural occurrences and whether one can trust eyewitness accounts, Defoe demonstrates that more is at stake. Like his contemporaries, Defoe wonders about the range of scientific insight, and about the moral and epistemological ramifications of unchallenged trust and faith. His transformations of the supernatural probe the boundaries of knowledge and evidence and play with the limits of cognition, emphasizing the inseparability of mind and emotion.

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Item Type:Dissertation
Referees:Reddick Allen, Gutbrodt Fritz
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:Daniel Defoe, Knowledge, Self, Evidence, Supernatural, Singular Experience, Literary Studies, Cultural Sciences, Fiction, Literature, British Studies
Language:English
Date:February 2017
Deposited On:15 Feb 2017 10:17
Last Modified:03 Jun 2017 12:25
Number of Pages:204
ISBN:978-3-8376-3775-5

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