Robinson Crusoe: Myths and Metamorphoses
Robinson Crusoe explores Defoe's story, the legend it captured, the universal desire which underlies the myth and a range of modern re-writings which reveal a continued fascination with the problematic character of this narrative. Whether envisaged as an heroic rejection of the old world order, a piece of pre-colonialist propaganda or a tale raising archetypal problems of 'otherness' and 'inequality', the mythic value of Crusoe has become a pretext over many centuries for an examination of some of the fundamental problems of existence. This collection of essays examines, from a wide range of critical and philosophical perspectives, the cultural manifestations of Robinson Crusoe in different centuries, in different media, in different genres.
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Alexander Selkirk appears Ariadne beachcomber becomes Bloch Bowman Caliban cannibalism Caribbean castaway century character civilisation Coetzee Coetzee's colonial created critics Crusoe myth Crusoe's culture Daniel Defoe Defoe's Defoe's novel Derek Walcott desert island dialogue discourse eighteenth-century English experience Farther Adventures father female fiction film French Friday Friday's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan hero human Ian Watt Ibid Ibn Tufayl imagination isolation J. M. Coetzee language limbes du Pacifique literary Literature London male master metafictional Michel Tournier missionary modern mythical narrative narrator nature origins Paris person Pincher Martin Pixérécourt play poem poet present Prospero reader reading recognise references relationship rewritings Robinson Crusoe Robinsonade role seems sense sexual ship shipwreck Sinbad Sinbad the Sailor social society solitude Speranza spiritual story Susan Barton Suzanne Tiffauges tion translation University Press Valéry Valéry's Vendredi voice voyage Walcott women writing