Robinson Crusoe and His Doubles

The English Robinsonade of the Eighteenth Century

by Artur Blaim (Author)
Monographs 212 Pages


The book is a study of the eighteenth-century English robinsonade, also known as desert island or castaway narrative. It discusses the pre-history of the genre, the complex multi-level semantics of «Robinson Crusoe», its role in introducing a new mode of meaning formation combining the conventions of the travel narrative, Providence book, and spiritual autobiography, as well as its functioning as a genre model for later authors. Another important subject is the subsequent process of robinsonade’s simplification by the gradual elimination of religious meanings and foregrounding the exciting adventures of the protagonists, turning it into a genre of children’s literature.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Desert island narratives Daniel Defoe Early modern novel Utopian fiction Culture and nature
Frankfurt am Main, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2016. 212 pp.

Biographical notes

Artur Blaim (Author)

Artur Blaim is Professor of English Literature at the University of Gdańsk. He is the author of «Gazing in Useless Wonder. English Utopian Fiction 1516–1800» (2013) and «Utopian Visions and Revisions. The Uses of Ideal Worlds» (2016). He has co-edited several volumes on utopian/dystopian fiction and cinema like «Spectres of Utopia. Theory, Practice, Conventions» (2012) and «Mediated Utopias» (2015). His main research interests include utopia/dystopia in literature, film and other media, William Shakespeare, cultural semiotics, and desert island narratives.


Title: Robinson Crusoe and His Doubles