Children's Literature, Popular Culture, and Robinson Crusoe

Hardcover | September 4, 2012

byAndrew O'malley

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This study of the long and varied afterlife of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, primarily in the overlapping arenas of children's and popular culture, offers new insights into not only the continued popularity and relevance of Crusoe's story, but into how modern conceptions of childhood have been shaped by nostalgia and by ideas of 'the popular.' Because it enjoyed such tremendous success as a pedagogical work for children and as a source for children's and popular entertainments, Robinson Crusoe provides a unique case study in the development of our ideas of childhood and the points of intersection between children's and popular cultures. Drawing on a wide range of adaptations and remediations, including children's abridgements, print 'robinsonades,' chapbooks, popular songs, pantomimes, toys, games, and various consumer items, this book offers a fresh consideration of the place Crusoe has occupied in our culture for almost three centuries.

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This study of the long and varied afterlife of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, primarily in the overlapping arenas of children's and popular culture, offers new insights into not only the continued popularity and relevance of Crusoe's story, but into how modern conceptions of childhood have been shaped by nostalgia and by ideas of 'the popula...

ANDREW O'MALLEY Associate Professor in the Department of English at Ryerson University, Canada. He is the author of The Making of the Modern Child: Children's Literature and Childhood in the Late Eighteenth Century. His research and teaching interests include children's literature and culture, popular culture, and the eighteenth centu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230272703

ISBN - 13:9780230272705

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Performing Crusoe and Becoming Crusoes: the Pedagogical uses of Robinson Crusoe in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Crusoe Comes Home: Robinsonades and Children's Editions of Robinson Crusoe
Poaching on Crusoe's Island: Popular Reading and Chapbook Editions of Robinson Crusoe
'Animal Spirits are Everything!': Robinson Crusoe Pantomimes and the Child of Nostalgia
An Island of Toys: Childhood and Robinson Crusoe Consumer Goods
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

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'This is a beautifully researched and intricately thought-out work of scholarship, whose apparently modest scope is deceptive, since the book ultimately pushes towards a far-reaching and provocative conclusion: that Robinson Crusoe, by heralding the future 'as modernity' and evoking the past 'as nostalgia', performs 'the kind of fundamentally contradictory cultural work into whose service the idea of childhood itself has been called for at least the last two centuries'' - Louise Joy, University of Cambridge, UK 'O'Malley's recognition of Robinson Crusoe as an enduring media event will, one hopes, spur other scholars to revisit the history ofthis western classic and consider that Crusoe's legacy may not be built upon the power of Defoe's prose or narration, but rather on derivatives and adaptations that were frequently revised to reflect the ideas and values of a rapidly evolving society.' - Jordan Howell, University of Delaware, USA 'Weaving together social history, textual analysis, impressive archival research, and lucid theoretical argument, Children's Literature, Popular Culture, and Robinson Crusoe is a tour de force of scholarship.' - Susan Naramore Maher, Children's Literature Association Quarterly 'O'Malley's study is interesting, insightful, and enjoyable.' - The Year's Work in English Studies