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Lecture 8

ENGB35H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Adventure Fiction, Desert Island, American Realism


Department
English
Course Code
ENGB35H3
Professor
Natalie Rose
Lecture
8

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ENGB35 – Lecture 8 – Robinson Crusoe and Intro to Treasure Island
Robinson Crusoe:
“This was the pleasantest year of all the life I led in this place”
“I…made it my business to teach him everything that was proper to make him
useful, handy and helpful.” (Pg. 180)
oCivilizing discourse
“[H]is very affections were tied to me like those of a child to a father”
oChild/savage; father/European
oRobinson Crusoe becomes a father figure to Friday
18th cen. Colonial idea savages can become civil
The Rescue:
o“Gentlemen, and I do not be surprised at me….” (Pg. 232).
Slight return to providential narrative
“As my story is a whole collection of wonders, it affected him deeply”
Authority, mystification, fiction
Judgment by God “Governor” (power of life and death of the other people)
Desert island thriving colony
Robinson Crusoe master of men near the end of the book
Treasure Island:
What's the appeal of pirates?
oAdventurous
oEscape from domesticity
oHaving total freedom
oNot following rules; rebellious
oLive their own way of living
Western views of pirates
Context and Genre:
oProvidence Chance
oBen Gunn parodies Robinson Crusoe’s conversion narrative
oChance Adventure
oRomance vs. Realism
Romance is supposed to distract you from the real world
oHenry James “The Act of Fiction”
Fiction --? Should be a faithful representation
oR.L. Stevenson
“Here is, indeed, a willful paradox; for if he has never been a
quest for a buried treasure, it can be demonstrated that he had
never been a child.
oICR = imaginative; imagines adventure
o“I brooded by…..” (pg. 39, Ch. 7)
before the actual adventure comes the dream of adventure
o“But in all my fancies nothing occurred to me so strange and tragic as
our actual adventures
Books vs. boy’s imagination
The older wiser voice of realism against the young child voice
of romance
oBook = more tragic than the boy’s imagination
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