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Political Magic: British Fictions of Savagery and Sovereignty, 1650-1750

Christopher F. Loar


Political Magic examines British fictions of exploration and colonialism from 1650 to 1750, arguing that narratives of intercultural contact reimagine political categories such as sovereignty and popular power. These fictions refigure the commoner as a superstitious savage encountering Britons as civilizing sovereigns. Authors of these narratives use the colonial scene as a political allegory; just as the sovereign is in some sense exterior to the legal order, so is the colonist exterior to the colonized. These fictions reveal aspects of political thought in this period that official discourse ... More

Keywords: Behn, Aphra, Cavendish, Margaret, Defoe, Daniel, Eliza Haywood, Gunpowder, Hobbes, Thomas, Imperialism, Savagery, Sovereignty, Swift, Jonathan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823256914
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher F. Loar, author
Western Washington University