This article argues that Daniel Defoe’s essay, Upon Projects (1695), works to imagine and restore neighborly connections amongst people increasingly distances from one another due to social and economic changes in Restoration life. Although Defoe’s novels are often understood to promote a typically modern individualism, his social-improvement projects present an alternative view of Defoe as committed to a robust sociability.
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Myers, Joanne E. “Defoe and the Project of ‘Neighbors Fare.” Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 35.2 (2011): 1-19.