“A Romance the likest to Truth that I ever read”: History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe's “Memoirs of a Cavalier”.

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  • Author(s): Seager, Nicholas
  • Source:
    Eighteenth Century Fiction; Summer2008, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p479-505, 27p
  • Physical Description:
    Bibliographic footnotes
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subjects:
      Civil war in literature; British Civil War, 1642-1649; Historiography; 18th century English fiction
    • Works:
      Memoirs of a cavalier [Novel]: Defoe, Daniel
    • Keywords:
      Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731 -- Work -- Memoirs of a cavalier
    • Abstract:
      A consideration of Daniel Defoe's Memoirs of a Cavalier (1720) in the context of the debate on the English Civil War, which started after the Restoration and intensified in the first 20 years of the 18th century. Defoe's text was hailed by some critics as a historical novel almost a century before Walter Scott established the genre's classical form, while others believed it an extreme example of Defoe's reportorial and ventriloquial skills that showed little of the novelistic. If Defoe's novel is read within the historiographical debate that had witnessed the posthumous and partisan publication of the Earl of Clarendon's History of the Rebellion (1702–04), which itself was a response to republican accounts published by Whigs during the previous reign, it can be clearly seen that Defoe styles Memoirs of a Cavalier as a moderate corrective to such partisan accounts. Acknowledging the text as Defoe's intervention in a historiographical debate using a fictional autobiography widens our understanding of his notions about historical truth and the legitimate uses of invention, as well as his methodological and ideological approach to his sources.
    • ISSN:
      08406286
    • DOI:
      10.3138/ecf.20.4.479
    • Accession Number:
      509929178
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SEAGER, N. “A Romance the likest to Truth that I ever read”: History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe’s “Memoirs of a Cavalier”. Eighteenth Century Fiction, [s. l.], v. 20, n. 4, p. 479–505, 2008. DOI 10.3138/ecf.20.4.479. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509929178&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 6 abr. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Seager N. “A Romance the likest to Truth that I ever read”: History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe’s “Memoirs of a Cavalier.” Eighteenth Century Fiction. 2008;20(4):479-505. doi:10.3138/ecf.20.4.479.
    • APA:
      Seager, N. (2008). “A Romance the likest to Truth that I ever read”: History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe’s “Memoirs of a Cavalier.” Eighteenth Century Fiction, 20(4), 479–505. https://doi.org/10.3138/ecf.20.4.479
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Seager, Nicholas. 2008. “‘A Romance the Likest to Truth That I Ever Read’: History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe’s ‘Memoirs of a Cavalier.’” Eighteenth Century Fiction 20 (4): 479–505. doi:10.3138/ecf.20.4.479.
    • Harvard:
      Seager, N. (2008) ‘“A Romance the likest to Truth that I ever read”: History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe’s “Memoirs of a Cavalier”’, Eighteenth Century Fiction, 20(4), pp. 479–505. doi: 10.3138/ecf.20.4.479.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Seager, N 2008, ‘“A Romance the likest to Truth that I ever read”: History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe’s “Memoirs of a Cavalier”’, Eighteenth Century Fiction, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 479–505, viewed 6 April 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Seager, Nicholas. “‘A Romance the Likest to Truth That I Ever Read’: History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe’s ‘Memoirs of a Cavalier.’” Eighteenth Century Fiction, vol. 20, no. 4, Summer 2008, pp. 479–505. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3138/ecf.20.4.479.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Seager, Nicholas. “‘A Romance the Likest to Truth That I Ever Read’: History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe’s ‘Memoirs of a Cavalier.’” Eighteenth Century Fiction 20, no. 4 (Summer 2008): 479–505. doi:10.3138/ecf.20.4.479.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Seager N. “A Romance the likest to Truth that I ever read”: History, Fiction, and Politics in Defoe’s “Memoirs of a Cavalier.” Eighteenth Century Fiction [Internet]. 2008 Summer [cited 2020 Apr 6];20(4):479–505. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509929178&custid=s6224580