The Proper Pirate: Robert Louis Stevenson's Quest for Identity

The Proper Pirate: Robert Louis Stevenson's Quest for Identity

by Jefferson A. Singer


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Exploring the life and times of author Robert Louis Stevenson, The Proper Pirate takes readers on a psychological journey from the writer's religious and constricted upbringing to a life of imagination and wonder culminating in the South Seas island of Samoa. Drawing on contemporary theories of identity development, Jefferson A. Singer traces how Stevenson overcame Victorian dualities of piety versus passion in both his personal life and artistic works, gradually edging toward a more Modernist and complicated moral vision.

This first full-length psychobiographical study of Stevenson follows the trajectory of his life, all while highlighting how key memories and conflicts within his personality shaped the narrative structure and themes of some of his most celebrated works, including: Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Child's Garden of Verses, and Kidnapped. Stevenson's relationships to his parents, his wife Fanny, and circle of intimate friends also play a prominent role in this investigation of his emerging identity and artistic body of work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199328543
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jefferson A. Singer is the Dean of the College and Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College. He is the author of 5 books and many articles, chapters, and reviews in the fields of personality, memory, and clinical psychology. Singer was the recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award, and a Social Science Research Council Award, both for research on autobiographical memory conducted in the United Kingdom. He was the 2010 recipient of the Henry Murray Award for the Study of Narrative Lives from Division 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Jehovah Tsidkenu

Chapter 2 - Trapped in the House of Eld

Chapter 3 - The Bohemian Finds a Wife and Purpose

Chapter 4 - Disobedience Dreamed by a Loyal Son

Chapter 5 - Et Ego in Arcadia Vixi

Chapter 6 - The Gothic Gnome and the Worm of Conscience

Chapt. 7 - The Generative Turn: The Deepening of Stevenson's Societal Identity

Chapter 8 - My Heart Sings - First Travels in the South Seas

Chapter 9 - The Good Work Done

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