The Cambridge Companion to ‘Robinson Crusoe’
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.
- 2018 Cambridge University Press
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