Crusoe's Secret: The Aesthetics of Dissent

Crusoe's Secret: The Aesthetics of Dissent

Tom Paulin
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Author:  Tom Paulin
Condition:  New
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  432
Publisher:  Faber & Faber
Year:  2009
ISBN:  9780571221165

Comprised of pieces spanning five centuries, Crusoe's Secret explores the culture of English dissent, whether through canonical works - Paradise Lost, Robinson Crusoe, Clarissa - or moving between epic and novel, lyric, tract and drama. Tom Paulin engages with the great dissenting voices from Bunyan to D. H. Lawrence, and he casts new light on others - such as Clare or Kipling or Hopkins - whose work was touched by dissent. Crusoe's Secret confirms Tom Paulin's status as an exemplary reader, who brilliantly marries historical context and critical readings.