The fortress of American solitude : Robinson Crusoe and antebellum culture / Shawn Thomson
- Thomson, Shawn, 1966-
- Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 
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- 243 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Robinson Crusoe as a topos of masculinity in nineteenth-century America -- A remembrance of things Typee: Herman Melville and the making of the man who slept with cannibals -- Outside the fortress of solitude: castaway pathos in Frederick Douglass's My bondage and my freedom and Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the scriverner" and "Benito Cereno" -- Failed Crusoes: competing models of manhood in Herman Melville's Pierre and Elizabeth Stoddard's Two men -- Crusoe in the Yankee nation: labor, class, and domesticity in James Fenimore Cooper's The crater and George Payson's Golden dreams and leaden realities -- Female Crusoes, lady castaways, and Dickinson's castaway poetics: Victorian women in a masculine terrain -- Conclusion: the failing Robinson Crusoe: Twain and the nostalgia for antebellum boyhood (1864-1885).
- 9780838642177 (alk. paper)
0838642179 (alk. paper)
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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