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Author O'Malley, Andrew, 1968-

Title Children's literature, popular culture and Robinson Crusoe / Andrew O'Malley
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource
Series Critical approaches to children's literature
Critical approaches to children's literature.
Contents Introduction: Robinson Crusoe, the child, and the people -- 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
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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731. Robinson Crusoe.
Books and reading -- England -- History.
Castaways in literature.
Children's literature, English -- History and criticism.
Crusoe, Robinson (Fictitious character)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012021626
ISBN 0230272703
1137027312 (electronic bk.)
9781137027313 (electronic bk.)