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Landscape, Culture, and Education in Defoe\u27s Robinson Crusoe

By Geert Vandermeersche and Ronald Soetaert


In their article \u22Landscape, Culture, and Education in Defoe\u27s Robinson Crusoe\u22 Geert Vandermeersche and Ronald Soetaert discuss Daniel Defoe\u27s Robinson Crusoe as a narrative that translates nature and our dealings with it into a literary text. Vandeermeersche and Soetaert postulate that the novel can be read as a quintessential fable of humans\u27 cultivation of nature and the creation of individuality, which, at the same time, provides its readers with strategies for describing processes such as education. Robinson Crusoe and its characters, metaphors, and scenarios function in the \u22auto-communication\u22 of culture as an enduring equipment for living (Burke), a company readers keep (Booth), and a cognitive tool in modern Western culture

Topics: culture and sociology, Arts and Humanities, Comparative Literature, Critical and Cultural Studies
Publisher: Purdue University
Year: 2012
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