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Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature : Solitary Adventures

By: Acquisto, Joseph.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Lanham : University of Delaware, 2012Description: 1 online resource (283 p.).ISBN: 9781611494075.Subject(s): Adventure and adventurers in literature | Adventure stories, French - History and criticism | Castaways in literature | Crusoe, Robinson (Fictitious character) | French literature - 19th century - History and criciticism | French literature - 20th century - History and criciticismGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature : Solitary AdventuresDDC classification: 840.90091 LOC classification: PQ637.A37 | A278 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; A Note on Translations; Permissions; Introduction; 1 Children of Rousseau; 2 What Is the Moral of this Story?; 3 Toward the Inner Solitary Adventure; 4 Turning Inward; 5 Adventure in New Territory; 6 Children of Tournier; Works Cited; Index; About the Author
Summary: Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature: Solitary Adventures by Joseph Acquisto examines the representation of Robinson Crusoe and other castaways in both popular and serious French literature for both children and adults from the early nineteenth to the twenty-first century. It examines not only novels but lyric poetry, providing not just a literary history but interpretation of a wide range of canonical and non-canonical authors.
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Contents; A Note on Translations; Permissions; Introduction; 1 Children of Rousseau; 2 What Is the Moral of this Story?; 3 Toward the Inner Solitary Adventure; 4 Turning Inward; 5 Adventure in New Territory; 6 Children of Tournier; Works Cited; Index; About the Author

Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature: Solitary Adventures by Joseph Acquisto examines the representation of Robinson Crusoe and other castaways in both popular and serious French literature for both children and adults from the early nineteenth to the twenty-first century. It examines not only novels but lyric poetry, providing not just a literary history but interpretation of a wide range of canonical and non-canonical authors.

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In the introduction to his innovative, intertextual study of the French castaway narrative, Acquisto (French literature, Univ. of Vermont) emphasizes exactly what he does not do in this work. He does not detail how 19th-century writers translated Robinson Crusoe for French audiences; he does not focus exclusively on Robinsonades--those popular, didactic retellings for children of Defoe's novel; he does not even stick to narrative forms of literature. He does, however, discuss the Crusoe story and its cousins from a French perspective, which deemphasizes a Protestant, imperial reading and the proto-colonial aspects of Crusoe's relationship with Friday. As Acquisto argues, the French tradition succeeds in turning the solitary adventure of the castaway into a heightened, attentive introspection, thereby transforming popular novels into serious works of art, and--most interestingly--narratives aimed at women and children into narratives intended for men. Beginning with Rousseau, the author traces the solitary adventure throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, in both poetry and prose. Jules Verne, Paul Valery, Andre Gide, and Michel Tournier all receive extended, worthwhile attention. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. W. Edwards Longwood University

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