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The Classroom as Salon:
A Collaborative Project on Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe



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2. All figures are reproduced by permission of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature.

3. Seyla Benhabib also contends that there “can be as many publics as discourses” (119).

4. In fact, Daniel Defoe was not credited as the author on the title page of Robinson Crusoe until the end of the eighteenth century.

5. Melissa Free discusses the growth in the Robinson Crusoe publishing industry in her essay, “Un-Erasing Crusoe: Farther Adventures in the Nineteenth Century.”

6. The texts in which Woolf’s and Joyce’s comments appear are appended to Shinagel’s edition of Robinson Crusoe: An Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism.

7. See Shinagel, ed. Robinson Crusoe: An Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism, for information on different literary critics and their topics of criticism.

8. It was important for students to handle eighteenth-century versions of Robinson Crusoe because during this time books were printed on handmade paper and often had few, if any, paratextual elements.


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