Robinson Crusoe after 300 Years
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Robinson Crusoe after 300 Years

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When Defoe published The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe and The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe in 1719, he could not have imagined that Crusoe, Friday, and a footprint in the sand would enjoy global recognition 300 years later. Why-and how-does Crusoe's story resonate today? There is no shortage of explanations for the longevity of Defoe's creation, which has been interpreted as both religious allegory and frontier myth, with Crusoe seen as an example of the self-sufficient adventurer and the archetypal colonizer and capitalist. Defoe's original has been reimagined multiple times in legions of Robinsonade or castaway stories. But there is still much more to say-the Crusoe myth is far from spent. This wide-ranging collection brings together eleven scholars who suggest new and unfamiliar ways of thinking about this most familiar of works, and who ask us to consider the enduring appeal of 'Crusoe,' more recognizable today than ever before.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 156 x 235mm
  • New Brunswick, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 22 black & white images, 7 colour images
  • 1684482879
  • 9781684482870

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"The editors have gathered a collection of excellent essays by eminent scholars on the continuing relevance and power after three hundred years of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Informative and provocative, these essays provide an essential testimonial to the cultural and philosophical implications of Defoe's classic novel through those centuries into our own."--John Richetti "editor of The Cambridge Companion to Robinson Crusoe"
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About Laura Schafer Brown

Andreas Mueller is the author of A Critical Study of Daniel Defoe's Verse and numerous articles on eighteenth-century literature and culture, especially Daniel Defoe. He is a professor and chair of the Department of English at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Glynis Ridley is the author of Clara's Grand Tour: Travels with a Rhinoceros in Eighteenth-Century Europe, The Discovery of Jeanne Baret, and numerous articles on eighteenth-century literature and culture. She is a professor and chair of the Department of English at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
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