Transformations of the Supernatural

Problems of Representation in the Work of Daniel Defoe

Petra Schoenenberger

Transcript-Verlag

Transformations of the Supernatural

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Pub Date: September 2017

ISBN: 9783837637755

204 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Transformations of the Supernatural

Problems of Representation in the Work of Daniel Defoe

Petra Schoenenberger

Transcript-Verlag

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Daniel Defoe's work displays a keen interest in stories of supernatural encounters. After 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 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.

About the Author

Petra Schoenenberger is a scholar of English literature who trained at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.