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Author La Grand, Virginia, 1942-
Title A Spectacular Failure : Robinson Crusoe I, II, III.
Imprint Amsterdam : Editions Rodopi, 2012.

Author La Grand, Virginia, 1942-
Series Costerus NS ; v. 198
Costerus NS.
Subject Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731. Robinson Crusoe.
Description 1 online resource (246 pages).
Note Print version record.
Summary This study examines Defoe's three-volume Robinson Crusoe series in the light of the 'banter' style he developed as a pamphleteer. That heavily ironic style had brought him renown but also put him in the pillory. The present study explores for the first time Defoe's complaint that readers and pirate abridgers misread his tale of the would-be trader Robinson Crusoe. Using Discourse Analysis and Relevance Theory to examine the early abridgements of Volume I and Defoe's subsequent two volumes, this study argues that Defoe's greatest success is also a peculiar failure.
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Chapter One Reading Robinson Crusoe; Chapter Two Print Discourse in Defoe's Day; Chapter Three A Long Battle over The Shortest-Way; Chapter Four Pirating Robinson Crusoe; Chapter Five Robinson Crusoe's Textual Neighbors; Chapter Six What Defoe Lost to the Pirates; Chapter Seven A World United by Trade; Chapter Eight Serious Reflections; Chapter Nine The End of the Debate; Bibliography; Index.
ISBN 9789401208635 (electronic bk.)
9401208638 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 823389621
Additional Format Print version: 9789042035881

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