Didactics and the Modern Robinsonade

BookDidactics and the Modern Robinsonade

Didactics and the Modern Robinsonade

New Paradigms for Young Readers

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 75


September 6th, 2019

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Didactics and the Modern Robinsonade examines modern and contemporary Robinsonade texts written for young readers, looking specifically at the ways in which later adaptations of the Robinson Crusoe story subvert both traditional narrative structures and particular ideological codes within the genre. This collection redresses both the gender and geopolitical biases that have characterized most writings within the Robinsonade genre since its inception, and includes chapters on little-known works of fiction by female authors, as well as works from outside the mainstream of Anglo-American culture.

'Ian Kinane discerns the beginnings of a post-colonial didactics entering the Robinsonade […] Kinane is marking a significant shift away from the Euro-centric Robinsonade’s allegiance to the colonialist ideology that undergrided the genre for two centuries. […] The young reader, viewing the world through Karana or Friday’s eyes, perceives the perversions and injustices of imperial power.'Susan Naramore Maher, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly

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Ian Kinane is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Roehampton.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Notes on Contributors9
Foreword: The Progressive Pedagogies of the Modern Robinsonade13
Introduction: The Robinsonade Genre and the Didactic Impulse: A Reassessment15
1. 'What a Crusoe crowd we shall make!': Destabilising Imperialist Attitudes to Spades in G. Warren Payne's Three Boys in Antarctica67
2. Borrowing (from) Crusoe Library Books and Identity Formation in the Irish Free State87
3. Navigating Nationhood, Gender, and the Robinsonade in The Dreams of Myfanwy105
4. Call it Courage and the Survival of the Imperial Robinsonade133
5. Shifting Perspectives in Two Mid-Twentieth-Century Robinsonades153
6. Between Communitas and Pantheism: Terry Pratchett’s Nation as a Post-Christian Robinsonade for a Postcolonial World183
7. Romance, the Robinsonade, and the Cultivation of Adolescent Female Desire in Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens199