Picturing Crusoe’s Island: Defoe, Rousseau, Stothard

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Jakub Lipski


This article analyses Thomas Stothard’s illustrations of Robinson Crusoe arguing that the heightened interest in and appreciation of nature in Stothard’s set should be seen in the context of sentimental readings of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, which, unlike the original, recognised the benefits to a solitary life in natural surroundings. The article traces some fundamental steps in this change of paradigm, first by showing Defoe’s reticence about natural beauties, and then by juxtaposing Stothard’s contribution with how J. J. Rousseau read and interpreted Robinson Crusoe.


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Lipski, J. (2019). Picturing Crusoe’s Island: Defoe, Rousseau, Stothard. Porównania, 25(2), 85-99. https://doi.org/10.14746/por.2019.2.5
Author Biography

Jakub Lipski, Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy

Jakub Lipski – dr hab., professor and head of Department of Anglophone Literatures at the Faculty of Literary Studies, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. He is the author of In Quest of the Self: Masquerade and Travel in the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Fielding, Smollett, Sterne (2014) and Painting the Novel: Pictorial Discourse in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction (2018) as well as a number of articles and book chapters on eighteenth-century English literature. Forthcoming are a collection of essays, Rewriting Crusoe: The Robinsonade Across Languages, Cultures, and Media (Bucknell UP, 2020), and the first complete editionof Robinson Crusoe in Polish (for the National Library Series, 2022).E-mail: j.lipski@ukw.edu.pl


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