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The Cambridge Companion to ‘Robinson Crusoe'


Part of Cambridge Companions to Literature

John Richetti, J. Paul Hunter, Rivka Swenson, Maximillian E. Novak, Pat Rogers, George A. Starr, Rebecca Bullard, Carl Fisher, Helen Thompson, Eve Tabor Bannet, David Blewett, Jill Campbell, Marie Fallon, Robert Mayer
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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107696808

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  • An instant success in its own time, Daniel Defoe's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe has for three centuries drawn readers to its archetypal hero, the man surviving alone on an island. This Companion begins by studying the eighteenth-century literary, historical and cultural contexts of Defoe's novel, exploring the reasons for its immense popularity in Britain and in its colonies in America and in the wider European world. Chapters from leading scholars discuss the social, economic and political dimensions of Crusoe's island story before examining the 'after life' of Robinson Crusoe, from the book's multitudinous translations to its cultural migrations and transformations into other media such as film and television. By considering Defoe's seminal work from a variety of critical perspectives, this book provides a full understanding of the perennial fascination with, and the enduring legacy of, both the book and its iconic hero.

    • Offers a comprehensive survey of Robinson Crusoe and its iconic protagonist in their literary and cultural contexts
    • Examines not only the contemporaneous success of Robinson Crusoe, but its enduring legacy in many other genres and media
    • A collection of essays from distinguished scholars that provides a comprehensive overview of the character of Robinson Crusoe from various perspectives
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107696808
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface John Richetti
    Part I. Robinson Crusoe and Daniel Defoe: The Eighteenth Century:
    1. Genre, nature, Robinson Crusoe J. Paul Hunter
    2. Robinson Crusoe and the form of the new novel Rivka Swenson
    3. Robinson Crusoe and Defoe's career as a writer Maximillian E. Novak
    4. Robinson Crusoe: housekeeping, gentility and property Pat Rogers
    5. Robinson Crusoe and its sequels: the farther adventures and serious reflections George A. Starr
    6. Politics, history, and the Robinson Crusoe story Rebecca Bullard
    Part II. Robinson Crusoe in the Wider World:
    7. Innovation and imitation in the eighteenth-century Robinsonade Carl Fisher
    8. The Crusoe story: philosophical and psychological implications Helen Thompson
    9. Robinson Crusoe and travel writing: the transatlantic world Eve Tabor Bannet
    10. Robinson Crusoe and colonialism Dennis Todd
    Part III. Robinson Crusoe over Three Hundred Years:
    11. The iconic Crusoe: illustrations and images of Robinson Crusoe David Blewett
    12. Robinsonades for young people Jill Campbell
    13. Anti-Crusoes, alternative Crusoes: revisions of the island story in the twentieth century Ann Marie Fallon
    14. Robinson Crusoe in the screen age Robert Mayer.

  • Editor

    John Richetti, University of Pennsylvania
    John Richetti is A. M. Rosenthal Professor (Emeritus) at the University of Pennsylvania. His published books include: Popular Fiction Before Richardson: Narrative Patterns 1700–1739 (1969); Defoe's Narratives: Situations and Structures (1975); The Life of Daniel Defoe: A Critical Biography (2005); and A History of British Eighteenth-Century Literature (2017). He has also edited two Cambridge Companions, The Eighteenth-Century English Novel (Cambridge, 1996) and Daniel Defoe (Cambridge, 2009), as well as The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660–1780 (Cambridge, 2005).


    John Richetti, J. Paul Hunter, Rivka Swenson, Maximillian E. Novak, Pat Rogers, George A. Starr, Rebecca Bullard, Carl Fisher, Helen Thompson, Eve Tabor Bannet, David Blewett, Jill Campbell, Marie Fallon, Robert Mayer

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