Myths of Modern Individualism
Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Robinson Crusoe
By (author) Ian P. Watt
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Myths of Modern Individualism by Ian P. Watt
Book DescriptionIn this volume, Ian Watt examines the myths of Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan and Robinson Crusoe, as the distinctive products of modern society. He traces the way the original versions of Faust, Don Quixote and Don Juan - all written within a forty-year period during the Counter Reformation - presented unflattering portrayals of the three figures, while the Romantic period two centuries later recreated them as admirable and even heroic. The twentieth century retained their prestige as mythical figures, but with a new note of criticism. Robinson Crusoe came much later than the other three, but his fate can be seen as representative of the new religious, economic and social attitudes which succeeded the Counter-Reformation. The four figures help to reveal problems of individualism in the modern period: solitude, narcissism, and the claims of the self versus the claims of society. They all pursue their own view of what they should be, raising strong questions about their heroes' character and the societies whose ideals they reflect.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521585644
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A landmark collection of Ian Watt's essays on Joseph Conrad.
Rise of the Novel, Paperback (January 2000)
In this study, Ian Watts traces the genesis and development of the literary form, the novel. He investigates the reasons why the three main 18th-century novelists (Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding) wrote in the way they did.
Myths of Modern Individualism, Hardback (February 1996)
Individualism as explored in four modern novels: Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, and Robinson Crusoe.
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Ian Watt addresses Conrad's great novel by providing an accessible introduction analysing the background, history and politics.
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