Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature: Solitary Adventures
Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature: Solitary Adventures by Joseph Acquisto examines the many ways in which the castaway, particularly in the form of engagement with Robinson Crusoe, has been reinterpreted and appropriated in nineteenth through twenty-first century French literature. The book is not merely a literary history of the robinsonnade in France; rather, Acquisto demonstrates how what he calls the genre of “solitary adventure” becomes a vehicle for exploration of much larger questions about the reception of texts, modes of reading, and the relationship between popular and serious literary traditions. The heart of Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature examines a crucial moment in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when the history of cultural perspectives on reading and solitude intersect, catalyzing a reconsideration of Defoe’s tale. Acquisto’s philosophically inflected readings of works by writers from Rousseau to Balzac, Verne to Gide, Valéry to Tournier enhance intertextual and cultural approaches to the castaway myth and broaden our appreciation of the dynamic relation it has to modern French literature writ large.
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act of reading action adventure novel allegory André Gide autre avait Balzac becomes bien Buisine c’est castaway story chapter character complex contemplation context Crusoe myth Crusoe story Crusoe’s Cyrus Cyrus Smith d’une Daniel Defoe Defoe Defoe’s novel deux Emile emphasis evokes experience explicit fait fiction figure French genre Gide Gide’s hero homme human imagination important inﬂuence intertextual j’ai Jules Verne kind l’homme L’ile mystérieuse language Le Robinson lessons literary literature living livre Louis Lambert meme metaphor monde moral n’est narrator nature nineteenth century Obermann objects one’s Patrice philosophical play plot poem poet poetic qu’il qu’on qu’un questions Raoul reader reality reﬂections rewritings rien Robinson Crusoe robinsonnade role Rousseau Saint-John Perse sense seul shipwreck solitary adven solitary adventure solitary adventure story solitude Suzanne tale textual thought tion Tournier tout tradition transformation twentieth century typical Urien Valéry Valéry’s Vendredi Verne Verne’s voyage writing