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The Resource Shipwrecked : disaster and transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the modern world, James V. Morrison

Shipwrecked : disaster and transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the modern world, James V. Morrison

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Shipwrecked : disaster and transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the modern world
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Shipwrecked
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disaster and transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the modern world
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James V. Morrison
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Four thousand years of shipwrecks in literature and film"--
  • Shipwrecked: Disaster and Transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the Modern World presents the first comparative study of notable literary shipwrecks from the past four thousand years, focusing on Homer{u2019}s Odyssey, Shakespeare{u2019}s The Tempest, and Defoe{u2019}s Robinson Crusoe. James V. Morrison considers the historical context as well as the 2triggers3 (such as the 1609 Bermuda shipwreck) that inspired some of these works, and modern responses such as novels (Golding{u2019}s Lord of the Flies, Coetzee{u2019}s Foe, and Gordon{u2019}s First on Mars, a science fiction version of the Crusoe story), movies, television (Forbidden Planet, Cast Away, and Lost), and the poetry and plays of Caribbean poets Derek Walcott and Aimé Césaire. The recurrent treatment of shipwrecks in the creative arts demonstrates an enduring fascination with this archetypal scene: a shipwreck survivor confronting the elements. It is remarkable, for example, that the characters in the 2004 television show Lostshare so many features with those from Homer{u2019}s Odyssey and Shakespeare{u2019}s The Tempest. For survivors who are stranded on an island for some period of time, shipwrecks often present the possibility of a change in political and social status{u2014}as well as romance and even paradise. In each of the major shipwreck narratives examined, the poet or novelist links the castaways{u2019} arrival on a new shore with the possibility of a new sort of life. Readers will come to appreciate the shift in attitude toward the opportunities offered by shipwreck: older texts such as the Odyssey reveals a trajectory of returning to the previous order. In spite of enticing new temptations, Odysseus{u2014}and some of the survivors in The Tempest{u2014}revert to their previous lives, rejecting what many might consider paradise. Odysseus is reestablished as king; Prospero travels back to Milan. In such situations, we may more properly speak of potential transformations. In contrast, many recent shipwreck narratives instead embrace the possibility of a new sort of existence. That even now the shipwreck theme continues to be treated, in multiple media, testifies to its long-lasting appeal to a very wide audience.--
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1956-
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Morrison, James V.
Dewey number
809/.93355
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.S54
LC item number
M67 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Shipwrecks in literature
  • Disasters in literature
  • Shipwreck survival in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • PERFORMING ARTS / Television / History & Criticism
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Shipwrecked : disaster and transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the modern world, James V. Morrison
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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rdacontent.
Contents
Shipwreck narratives -- Shipwreck and identity in Homer's Odyssey -- Shipwreck and opportunity from Ancient Egypt to the modern Caribbean -- The struggle for power in Shakespeare's The Tempest -- Salvation, power, and freedom: Saint Paul, Caliban, and voyages in outer space -- Culture and spiritual rebirth in Defoe's Robinson Crusoe -- The struggle for survival in Philoctetes, Cast Away, and First on Mars -- Competing narratives in Walcott's Pantomime and Coetzee's Foe -- Conflict, the common good, and redemption in The Mysterious Land, Lord of the Flies, Lost, and Gilligan's Island -- Shipwreck and the selling of paradise
Control code
844308454
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 242 pages
Isbn
9780472119202
Lccn
2013045746
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)844308454
Label
Shipwrecked : disaster and transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the modern world, James V. Morrison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Shipwreck narratives -- Shipwreck and identity in Homer's Odyssey -- Shipwreck and opportunity from Ancient Egypt to the modern Caribbean -- The struggle for power in Shakespeare's The Tempest -- Salvation, power, and freedom: Saint Paul, Caliban, and voyages in outer space -- Culture and spiritual rebirth in Defoe's Robinson Crusoe -- The struggle for survival in Philoctetes, Cast Away, and First on Mars -- Competing narratives in Walcott's Pantomime and Coetzee's Foe -- Conflict, the common good, and redemption in The Mysterious Land, Lord of the Flies, Lost, and Gilligan's Island -- Shipwreck and the selling of paradise
Control code
844308454
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 242 pages
Isbn
9780472119202
Lccn
2013045746
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)844308454

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