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The fortress of American solitude : Robinson Crusoe and antebellum culture

Author: Shawn Thomson
Publisher: Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Analyzes a wide range of antebellum literature offering critiques of the Robinson Crusoe story and its attendant myths. Through the lens of the Crusoe topos, this title explores the underlying  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Daniel Defoe; Daniel Defoe
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shawn Thomson
ISBN: 9780838642177 0838642179
OCLC Number: 313078017
Description: 243 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Robinson Crusoe as a topos of masculinity in nineteenth-century America --
A remembrance of things Typee: Herman Melville and the making of the man who slept with cannibals --
Outside the fortress of solitude: castaway pathos in Frederick Douglass's My bondage and my freedom and Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the scriverner" and "Benito Cereno" --
Failed Crusoes: competing models of manhood in Herman Melville's Pierre and Elizabeth Stoddard's Two men --
Crusoe in the Yankee nation: labor, class, and domesticity in James Fenimore Cooper's The crater and George Payson's Golden dreams and leaden realities --
Female Crusoes, lady castaways, and Dickinson's castaway poetics: Victorian women in a masculine terrain --
Conclusion: the failing Robinson Crusoe: Twain and the nostalgia for antebellum boyhood (1864-1885).
Responsibility: Shawn Thomson.

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