Wed, September 13, 2006 • 7:00 PM • At his home (map will be available in the Plan II office)
This novel about how an island castaway builds a new way of life--and eventually, a new society--far from his European home has been one of the most read books in human history. It established a paradigm for the adventure story, while influencing philosophers and planners no less than literary artists. But it remains a book that always surprises (as its original title page promised it would); when we reread Defoe's novel, forgotten aspects of Crusoe's tale invariably come to light. In our discusSponsoring Professor Samuel Baker teaches in the English Department, where he specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, especially the works of "Romantic period" writers such as William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott. He is finishing a book on British Romanticism and the British maritime empire, and beginning another on how the modern novel has treated ancient philosophical discourses such as stoicism and skepticism.