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The one eighteenth-century novelist literary history has always associated with realism is Daniel Defoe. Since Sir Walter Scott's time, the episodic nature of Defoe's stories, his colloquial language, and his secular interest in mundane detail have been viewed as a major contribution to narrative realism. Recent studies, variously qualifying this orthodoxy, have yielded a wider sense of his contribution; having stressed the ideological integrity of his fiction, they have also shown that, by thedoi:10.1353/ecf.1989.0036 fatcat:utrwlzm63zhuvcg32tqrsmmcqu