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Didactics and the Modern RobinsonadeNew Paradigms for Young Readers$
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Ian Kinane

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620047

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620047.001.0001

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The Robinsonade Genre and the Didactic Impulse: A Reassessment

(p.1) Introduction
(p.iii) Didactics and the Modern Robinsonade

Ian Kinane

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reconsiders literary didacticism by demonstrating the ways in which the Robinsonade novel for young readers has evolved from the anxious moralizing of earlier examples into a more socially instructive vehicle for engaging young readers with contemporary socio-political and cultural issues, such as gender politics and global post-colonial concerns. Unlike much scholarly material on the Robinsonade genre, which tends to concentrate on texts produced during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the focus of this chapter is on post-1900 works of Robinsonade fiction. The chapter also embraces a much wider definition of what has historically been understood within the Robinsonade as an ‘island’ or ‘islanded’ location.

Keywords:   Didactics, Robinsonade, Robinson Crusoe, Children’s Literature, Islands

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