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17 Jan 2011
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ENG210 Sept 20
Robinson Crusoe
Two intertwining narratives
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Spiritual Crusoe discovering God
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Economic making a living; reclaiming the process of production from an
alienated state and recovering their immediacy
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We live alienated lives of the processes that sustain us
Reformation + the rise of Puritanism
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Genre of conversion narrative
First person account from someone who was Born-Again
Robinson Crusoe can be read as a conversion narrative spiritual (only in
beginning)
The Fall Sometimes called the Fortunate Fall because of the possibility of
Redemption
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Crusoe marooned on an island and undergoes a conversion
Economic narrative (rest of novel)
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Story of creation of civilization
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Puritans during the 17
th
century economic reform in England
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Defoe gives a step-by-step recreation of the development of human
civilization
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