Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

A selective list of articles on the eighteenth-century English novelist Daniel Defoe, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in reviewed sources

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Literary Criticism

Bellamy, Liz. On Daniel Defoe's Conjugal Lewdness (1727) The Literary Encyclopedia [subscription service]

Bracker, Nicole. Robinson Crusoe a venir: Gertrude Stein and Roland Barthes, about the unrocognized influence of Robinson Crusoe on these writers, in Romanic Review, Jan-Mar 2000

Clark, Robert. A substantial introduction to Daniel Defoe; On The Fortunate Mistress; or Roxana (1724), from the Literary Encyclopedia, 28 October 2000 [subscription service]

Coppedge, Walter. "Robinson Crusoe in Hollywood." Writes the author, "No text is more malleable to shifting cultural perceptions than Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719). Such critical projections may be traced in the evolution of Crusoe and Friday in over sixty years of cinema." From a faculty symposium, November 1997

Joseph, Betty. "Re Crusoe/Pocahontas." On re-writing canonical novels from marginal perspectives, Robinson Crusoe and J.M. Coetzee's Foe. Criticism, Summer 2000

Novak, Maximillian E. A review of Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2001) Reviewed by W.A. Speck, in H-Net Reviews. Another review, in Hudson Review, Winter 2002 by Cox, Brian

Prichard, Penny. On Daniel Defoe's A Weekly Review of the Affairs of France (1704); On The Consolidator (1705); On The Family Instructor (1715); On A Journal of the Plague Year (1722); On The Complete English Tradesman (1726) The Literary Encyclopedia

Rothman, Irving N. and R. Michael Bowerman. On Daniel Defoe's The Political History of the Devil (1726) The Literary Encyclopedia

Seager, Nicholas. On Daniel Defoe's The Life, Adventures and Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton (1720) The Literary Encyclopedia

Sim, Stuart. On Daniel Defoe's The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719); On The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719); On The History and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders (1722); On The History and Remarkable Life of the Truly Honourable Colonel Jacque, Commonly Called Colonel Jack (1722) The Literary Encyclopedia

Watt, Ian. Myths of Modern Individualism Publisher's blurb on Ian Watt's critical study of the myths of Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan and Robinson Crusoe, as the figures that "reveal problems of individualism in the modern period: solitude, narcissism, and the claims of the self versus the claims of society." (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996)


Notes on Marx's Capital and Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe by Laura Mandell, Miami Univ.

Robinson Crusoe As Economic Man "A common interpretation of Crusoe is as economic man. His relationships with others are based primarily-some would say entirely-on their use for him." By professor Lilia Melani, CUNY

Saving Bunuel's 'Crusoe' an adventure in itself, Chicago Sun-Times, October, 2004 by Randy A. Salas

The Crusoe fallacy - illusion of personal autonomy, an opinion piece, in Commonweal, Feb 14, 1997 by David R. Carlin, Jr

Some discussion questions on Robinson Crusoe from Random House

See also J. M. Coetzee's Foe (1986)

The American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. Web site for the scholarly journal.

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