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Call of the Wild: A Naturalistic Romance

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Published in 1903 to immense popular acclaim, and since translated into more than eighty languages, Jack London's The Call of the Wild today remains one of the best animal stories ever written. London's masterpiece blends high adventure, natural lore, frontier drama, emotion, and heroism in the tale of Buck, a tame dog who perseveres through brutal captivity in dogsledding teams crossing the frozen Yukon, and who ultimately becomes the leader of a wolf pack. As Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin discovers in this ...
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Overview

Published in 1903 to immense popular acclaim, and since translated into more than eighty languages, Jack London's The Call of the Wild today remains one of the best animal stories ever written. London's masterpiece blends high adventure, natural lore, frontier drama, emotion, and heroism in the tale of Buck, a tame dog who perseveres through brutal captivity in dogsledding teams crossing the frozen Yukon, and who ultimately becomes the leader of a wolf pack. As Jacqueline Tavernier-Courbin discovers in this unprecedented full-length study of London's most famous novel, Buck is a classic Romantic hero, rising above harsh reality by virtue of his own true nature - his beauty, his power, his passion, and his instinct for justice.
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A straightforward critical approach to Jack London's most famous novel discussing its influence, historical context and critical reception. Tavernier-Courbin (English, U. of Ottowa) characterizes the novel as an important early work of both Romanticism and Naturalism and offers a broad textual reading covering parallels between London's personal experiences and the novel's themes, including discussion of such concepts as freedom, heroism, justice and fulfillment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805744583
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Series: Twayne's Masterworks Studies , #14
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Note on the References and Acknowledgments
Chronology: Jack London's Life and Works
1 Social Context 3
2 Literary Influences
3 The Importance of The Call of the Wild 11
4 International Critical Reception 23
5 A Dream of Freedom 37
6 A Tale of Devolution 47
7 Buck and Carl Jung's Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious 63
8 Buck as Mythical Hero 80
9 A Romantic Novel 96
Notes and References 111
Selected Bibliography 119
Index 127
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