How Novels Think: The Limits Of Individualism

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Armstrong, Nancy. How Novels Think: the Limits of Individualism from 1719-1900. Columbia
University Press, 2006
This book discusses the thematic structure of how an individual is created within a novel. In this work, the critic is making the argument that, historically, novels and individuals are one in the same. According to Armstrong, the character must first find a frustration with their position in the social order, and then work to change it. How Novels Think also reveals how the new individual must prove that they are an exception to the social role, and move into a position that better fits their desires. Critics may use this source to examine a particular character within a novel, and determine if they fulfill the qualifications of an individual. The concept of the ideas presented in this source also show relations to John Locke’s theory of the individual, and how it interacts with characters within the story.
Conway, Alison. “Defoe's Protestant Whore.” Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 35, no. 2, 2002, pp. 215–233
This scholarly article brings into focus the importance of the
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Following this viewpoint, Hentzi claims that both of these female characters are put into unavoidable situations that test their virtue and character. Within this article, Roxana and Moll are compared to two male protagonists of Defoe’s stories Colonel Jack and Captain Singleton to show similarities between the male and female actions, but illustrate how the directions the females take are drastically different. As the males continue to become more prosperous, working their way from the bottom up, the females have a stable beginning before slowly declining as a result of their actions and views that they hold themselves

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