Moll Flanders | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Lois A. Chaber

This literature criticism consists of approximately 36 pages of analysis & critique of Moll Flanders.
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Critical Essay by Lois A. Chaber

SOURCE: Chaber, Lois A. “Matriarchal Mirror: Women and Capital in Moll Flanders.PMLA 97, no. 2 (March 1982): 212-26.

In the following essay, Chaber explicates some of the Marxist and matriarchal themes of Defoe's novel.

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Moll Flanders' escape through London streets after her first theft is an image of breathless flight through a maze, which Terence Martin sees as an objective correlative for Moll's confused psychology. These literally tortuous streets, however, exemplify what Raymond Williams calls the “forced labyrinths and alleys of the poor,” created by speculative builders exploiting the overcrowded.1 As an emblem for the whole novel, then, they more appropriately evoke the twisted course laid out for Moll in an unjust society: “I knew what I aim'd at, but knew nothing how to pursue the...

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