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Robinson Crusoe and the Variability of Life

Maximillian E. Novak

in Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions: His Life and Works

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199261543
eISBN:
9780191698743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.003.0052
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

For all the writing that Daniel Defoe had done before the composition of Robinson Crusoe, indeed for all the prose fiction that he had written, Robinson Crusoe must have come to him as almost as ... More


/ Castaway Colonialism: Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca's Account

Adam Lifshey

in Specters of Conquest: Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823232383
eISBN:
9780823241187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823232383.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature

Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe in 1719, not long after Francisco Ximénez saw, copied, and translated the Popol Vuh in Guatemala. There is no direct connection between the two narratives, yet ... More


Cross-Grained Crusoe: Defoe and the Contradictions of Englishness

Patrick Parrinder

in Nation & Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199264858
eISBN:
9780191698989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

One of the most notable novelists who wrote about nationality was Daniel Defoe. His most popular work was Robinson Crusoe. This story portrays an archetypal Englishman. His life is discussed in ... More


Towards the Last of the Race: Robinson Crusoe as Sole Survivor

Fiona J. Stafford

in The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112228
eISBN:
9780191670718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112228.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Mythology and Folklore

Daniel Defoe's explorations of individualism in Robinson Crusoe, the narrative of a single man who lives alone for years on a remote island off the South American coast, has made the narration ... More


Oppen’s Silence, Crusoe’s Silence, and the Silence of Other Minds

Oren Izenberg

in Being Numerous: Poetry and the Ground of Social Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144832
eISBN:
9781400836529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144832.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the long silence at the center of George Oppen's poetic career, arguing that it was driven in part by his early choice of left-political activism over art. After the 1934 ... More


The Novel as ‘Moletta’: Cervantes and Defoe

Diana de Armas Wilson

in Cervantes, the Novel, and the New World

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198160052
eISBN:
9780191673764
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198160052.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines the idea that Cervantes's Persiles provided the ‘germ’ of Robinson Crusoe. Aiming for coevolutionary histories of the novel as alternatives to evolutionary ones, it focuses less ... More


Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions: His Life and Works

Maximillian E. Novak

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199261543
eISBN:
9780191698743
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Daniel Defoe, best known as the author of Robinson Crusoe, lived during a period of dramatic historical, political, and social change in Britain, and was by any standard a superb observer of his ... More


The Accidental Doctor: Physics and Metaphysics in Robinson Crusoe

Christopher R. Miller

in Surprise: The Poetics of the Unexpected from Milton to Austen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453694
eISBN:
9780801455780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453694.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines the poetics of surprise in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. It considers surprise in relation to bourgeois individualism and the rise of industrial capitalism, Puritan traditions ... More


After Crusoe:: Pirate Adventures, Military Memoirs and the South Sea Scandal

Maximillian E. Novak

in Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions: His Life and Works

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199261543
eISBN:
9780191698743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.003.0053
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

The success of Robinson Crusoe did not appear to change Daniel Defoe’s reputation very much with his fellow authors. Prose fiction was not yet a respectable genre, and Charles Gildon had already ... More


Caribbean to China: Crusoe’s Two Adventures

Ning Ma

in The Age of Silver: The Rise of the Novel East and West

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190606565
eISBN:
9780190606589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190606565.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter argues that the novels of Daniel Defoe represent not so much an “origin” as a belated response to global early modernities, and examines in this context the neglected second half of ... More


Language as Medium, Language as Message

Monika Baár

in Historians and Nationalism: East-Central Europe in the Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199581184
eISBN:
9780191722806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581184.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Chapter 5, ‘Language as Medium, Language as Message’, is dedicated to the role of language in the scholars' life‐work. It discusses their contribution to the renewal of the national language. It ... More


Novel Subjects and Enabling Fictions: the Formal Articulation of International Human Rights Law

Joseph R. Slaughter

in Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823228171
eISBN:
9780823241033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823228171.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The United Nations delegates' encryption of Robinson Crusoe within the text of Article 29 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, illustrates something of the historical cooperation between the ... More


Novel Atmographies: Eighteenth-Century Weather Writing and the Atmospheres of Robinson Crusoe

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

in Air’s Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction, 1660–1794

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226476698
eISBN:
9780226476711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226476711.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Daniel Defoe’s turbulent prose gives away his personal interest toward what he termed “the History and Reality of Apparitions,” not to mention his apparent interest in weather—both of which can be ... More


Suspended Animation: Vendredi ou Les limbes du Pacifique

in Michel Tournier and the Metaphor of Fiction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238430
eISBN:
9781846313561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238430.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter, which analyses the use of metaphor in Michael Tournier's first novel Vendredi ou Les limbes du Pacifique, suggests that this novel investigates the possibilities inherent in a ... More


The Slave1

Judith Still

in Derrida and Other Animals: The Boundaries of the Human

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780748680979
eISBN:
9781474412469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680979.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter takes off from Derrida’s examination of the relationship between the sovereign and the people in Early Modern political philosophy, notably Rousseau’s Social Contract and Rousseau’s ... More


Robinson Crusoe, Anthropology, and the Horizon of Technology

Peter Redfield

in Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter illustrates Kourou's first development in the 1960s and the basic structure of the contemporary space center, laying the terminological and disciplinary groundwork on Robinson Crusoe. It ... More


They Were Prodigals and Enslavers: Patriarchy and the Reading of Robinson Crusoe at the New York Society Library

Sean D. Moore

in Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198836377
eISBN:
9780191873621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198836377.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines the founding of the New York Society Library as part of the trend of merchants made wealthy by slavery and related commerce establishing philanthropic and civil society ... More


Reinventing the Wheel: Of Sovereignty, Autobiography, and Deconstruction

Michael Naas

in The End of the World and Other Teachable Moments: Jacques Derrida's Final Seminar

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263288
eISBN:
9780823266487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263288.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter looks at the life of Robinson Crusoe and how he made things around him for his convenience and comfort. To Derrida, Robinson's situation brings up questions of autobiography and the ... More


Rethinking the Real with Robinson Crusoe and David Hume

Sarah Tindal Kareem

in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689101
eISBN:
9780191802027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689101.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter turns to Defoe’s Crusoe and Hume’s Treatise to show how wonder emerges as a response to the ordinary in the wake of an epistemological crisis that precipitates a renewed sense of life’s ... More


The Imperfect Equator

Peter Redfield

in Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520219847
eISBN:
9780520923423
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520219847.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter highlights various issues, such as colonial technology, the figure of Robinson Crusoe, and the importance of margins. Reading Crusoe against Hegel's master and slave, the significance of ... More


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