Castaway Tales: From Robinson Crusoe to Life of Pi by Christopher PalmerCastaway Tales: From Robinson Crusoe to Life of Pi by Christopher Palmer

Castaway Tales: From Robinson Crusoe to Life of Pi

byChristopher Palmer

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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A wide-ranging and appreciative literary history of the castaway tale from Defoe to the present
CHRISTOPHER PALMER is a former associate professor of English at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Philip K. Dick: Exhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern and his essays have appeared in Science Fiction Studies and Extrapolation.
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Title:Castaway Tales: From Robinson Crusoe to Life of PiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.9 × 5.9 × 0.8 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0819576573

ISBN - 13:9780819576576

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
PART 1: SETTLEMENT
The Sea Captain and the Perfect Mango: Revision and Parody in Castaway Narratives
The Swiss Family Robinson to The Mysterious Island and Beyond: Vicissitudes of the Crusoe Template
PART 2: VIOLENCE
Moreau and Its Progeny: Abstraction and Violence
Successors of Moreau: Madness and Cannibalism
PART 3: RECONCILIATION
Always Another Island: Females and Fridays
Recent Children’s Novels: Recognizing Indigeneity, Facing Death
Recent Science Fiction Novels: Science Reaffirmed, Nature Rethought
Conclusion: Living Phenomena
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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A wide-ranging and appreciative literary history of the castaway tale from Defoe to the present


“Intelligent and inventive, Castaway Tales delivers superb readings of familiar texts and contemporary variants. The castaway myth is still fresh and Palmer’s study is impressive in its historical breadth and literary range.” - John Rieder, author of Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction