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Steve Mentz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816691036

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816691036.001.0001

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Surviving Disaster

(p.161) Chapter 7 Castaways
Shipwreck Modernity

Steve Mentz

University of Minnesota Press

The iconic shipwreck survivor in English literature is Robinson Crusoe, but this final chapter arrives at his island by a circuitous route. Considering the master plot of shipwreck by way of two modern works about the same historical disaster, James Cameron’s film “Titanic” (1997) and Bob Dylan’s song “Tempest” (2012), this chapter turns at last to Crusoe in the surf as an image for accommodating one’s body to maritime crisis.

Keywords:   Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, James Cameron, Titanic, Bob Dylan, Tempest, Maritime crisis, Disaster, Island

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