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Restless men : masculinity and Robinson Crusoe, 1788-1840

Author: Karen Downing
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
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"Around the turn of the nineteenth century Robinson Crusoe turns up remarkably often in material dealing with the emerging Australian colonies. The call to adventure and do-it-yourself guide to settlement in Daniel Defoe's novel resonated strongly with British explorers and settlers. But Crusoe did not make men restless: restlessness was the expression of unresolved tensions in men's lives between ideals,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Named Person: Daniel Defoe
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Downing
ISBN: 9781137348944 1137348941
OCLC Number: 880400746
Description: ix, 237 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Restless men --
1. Confined by the Gout : Perceptions of Men's Physical Health --
2. The Ecstasies and Transports of the Soul : Emotional Journeys of Self-discovery --
3. My Head Filled Early With Rambling Thoughts : Raising Boys and Making Men --
4. Satisfied with Nothing but Going to Sea : Seafaring Lives and Island Hopes --
5. To Think That This Was All My Own : Land, Independence and Emigration --
6. The Middle Station of Life : the Anxieties of Social Mobility --
7. A Surprising Change of Circumstances : Men's Ambivalent Relationship with Authority --
8. The Centre of All My Enterprises : the Paradox of Families --
Conclusion: "Robinson Crusoe untravelled ..."
Other Titles: Masculinity and Robinson Crusoe, 1788-1840
Responsibility: Karen Downing, School of History, Australian National University.
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