Episodic or Novelistic? Law in the Atlantic and the Form of Daniel Defoe's Colonel Jack

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Cervantes, Gabriel January 2012.

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Copyright 2012. Reprinted with permission of Eighteenth-Century Fiction. All rights reserved. http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/h2161p1778x7475t/

Abstract: Like other fictions by Daniel Defoe, The History and Remarkable Life of the Truly Honourable Col. Jacque, Commonly Call'd Col. Jack, draws together various literary genres. Until recently, this heterogeneity has been studied through a mode of ideological critique that privileges novelistic coherence, and Colonel Jack has long been dismissed as an ideological and aesthetic failure. Taking a different approach, this article examines how Defoe's ostensibly broken novel uses a mixture of genres and analogous rather than progressive plot lines to capture and resolve a contemporary problem: the stretching of British legal authority from internal struggles (with criminals, slaves, and Jacobites) to the permeable interimperial boundaries of the Atlantic. Historicized in the development of the illicit trade between Britain and Spanish America, Colonel Jack's famously problematic conclusion—a remorseless smuggler's adventure—does not offer a negative example for mercantile morality, but rather serves to theorize a legal regime based on negotiation.

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  • Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 2012, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 247-277

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  • Publication Title: Eighteenth-Century Fiction
  • Volume: 24
  • Issue: 2
  • Page Start: 247
  • Page End: 277
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Cervantes, Gabriel. Episodic or Novelistic? Law in the Atlantic and the Form of Daniel Defoe's Colonel Jack, article, January 2012; [Toronto, Canada]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc174735/: accessed October 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.