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The Robinson Crusoe Story
     

The Robinson Crusoe Story

by Martin Green
 

Robinson Crusoe is one of the great myths of Western literature and one of the great adventures of all time. Martin Green traces the lineage of this influential novel and uses its offspring as cultural touchstones, revealing its universal theme of the white race's triumph, guilt, or anxiety over its relations with other races. Green has chosen representative

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Robinson Crusoe is one of the great myths of Western literature and one of the great adventures of all time. Martin Green traces the lineage of this influential novel and uses its offspring as cultural touchstones, revealing its universal theme of the white race's triumph, guilt, or anxiety over its relations with other races. Green has chosen representative retellings spanning a 250-year period from English, American, German, French, Swiss, and Scottish literatures to illustrate his theory. He examines the ways in which the story has been told—for children, as satire, as romance, as apocalypse and dystopia—and he provides the historical and cultural context for each work, broadening literary study into cultural study. Green's ultimate interest is the modern adventure tale, which begins with Defoe and is still being told today, that adventure which is the myth of modern society.

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Booknews
This bibliography covers the period from 1944 to mid-1976, and contains annotations for some 1,700 reviews, review articles, articles, interviews, bibliographies, sections of books, books, dissertations, and theses from ten languages exclusive of English. Also includes the following types of items not typically covered in reference guides: articles and reviews in little magazines; prefaces, reviews, articles and books by subject authors; reprinted information. A thought provoking analysis of one of the great myths of Western literature and one of the greatest adventures of all time. Green (English Tufts U.) traces the lineage of this influential novel, revealing its universal them of the white race's triumph, guilt, or anxiety over its relations with other races. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271007052
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
11/29/1990
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Martin Green is Professor and Chair of English at Tufts University. He is the author of Tolstoy and Ghandi (1983), The Great American Adventure (1984), and The Origins of Nonviolence (Penn State Press, 1986).

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